Warning: Spoilers for Edge Of Tomorrow are in play. Read at your own risk.
While Edge Of Tomorrow managed to eventually become a money making hit, it wasn’t an easy road. Much like Pacific Rim before it, time and the international film market made the film once dubbed a dud into a certifiable profit maker. Which means it’s time to get everyone’s hopes up over a sequel, as writer Christopher McQuarrie has some news hinting towards another round of chaos.
During his rounds to promote the home video release of his summer blockbuster,Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, McQuarrie was pressed by Collider about whether or not there could be a second film following another day in the life of Major William Cage. Surprisingly enough, McQuarrie had the following update:
We have the idea for the sequel locked and loaded. … I don’t know what I can say. I can only say it’s a going concern.
So not only is there an idea for an Edge Of Tomorrow follow up, but there’s also enough secrecy around the concept that Warner Bros looks to be really going for the idea. Of course, this could change in a heartbeat, especially considering how close we came to having a Pacific Rim 2 - only to see it disintegrate before our very eyes. Still, Christopher McQuarrie’s name is hot after not only writing / directing Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, but also agreeing to do the same for Mission Impossible 6 - so his efforts on that next film could turn the tide on this project quickly enough.
Also promising is the fact that Tom Cruise and Edge Of Tomorrow director Doug Liman have also maintained a working relationship, with their next film, Mena currently in the works and Luna Park still floating in the ether between them. The pair obviously like working together, much like Cruise and his Jack Reacher director McQuarrie, so it shouldn’t take much effort to reunite the trio for another day at the office. But what possible direction could the story take, considering how Edge Of Tomorrow ended?
Remember, after vanquishing the Mimics, Cruise’s Major William Cage was set on the path of a new timeline – one where the events leading to the first film never happened. While this leaves a clean slate for Edge Of Tomorrow 2 to do what it wants, it also puts the film in a particularly puzzling scenario, as the threat they are there to fight has just up and left. Of course, the secrecy surrounding the idea for said sequel is probably in place because whatever idea has been hatched by Christopher McQuarrie is so crazy, it just might work.
Edge Of Tomorrow is one of those movies that was so criminally underseen, yet so good to those that took the time to watch it, that a sequel could not only mean life for the franchise – but a great second run for the first film. We know we’d be up for another round, and if Christopher McQuarrie really has that good of an idea, we’re all ears. Though we wonder if this is the same idea that Tom Cruise pitched McQuarrie. In the meantime, we’ll go back to enjoying our copies of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.