If a movie is deemed popular and successful enough, a sequel is always a distinct possibility. However, quite often, those sequels don't live up to the original. Doug Liman is promising that the sequel to Edge of Tomorrow won't fall into that trap. The director of the Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt movie is planning to take the helm of the sequel, Live Die Repeat and Repeat. and he says that one of the reasons the sequel will work, is because its very existence was born from fan interest, not a studio looking to cash in. According to Liman...
But it's one of these things where it's a sequel whose origins come from the best possible place, which is, it's not a studio saying, 'Hey, we think we can make some more money. Let's just stamp out another one.' This sequel originated with fans of the original film who continually came up to Tom and myself and Emily and told us how much they loved the movie and would we ever consider a sequel. And enough people said that to me and to Tom and to Emily that we finally sat down and said, 'What would a sequel even look like?' We ended up with Chris McQuarrie coming up with a great story.
Movie sequels can be a tough tightrope to walk. Movie studios see a movie that's successful and they, of course, want to see more of that success. The movie was successful because lots of people went to see it, and that means there's an audience that, one assumes, would be interested in a sequel. The difficulty comes when a sequel moves forward simply because the studio wants it, even before there's a solid idea to ground the movie in. Doug Liman tells Collider that wasn't the case here. The sequel to Edge of Tomorrow came about because the creative people behind the first one wanted to make a sequel for the fans, the idea for the movie came before the green light from the studio.
Of course, a sequel to Edge of Tomorrow has more potential pitfalls than your average movie sequel. A large part of what made the movie so appealing was the way the premise was used in a creative and interesting way. Most movie sequels can get by with simply putting the characters people liked in a similar situation and letting the audience enjoy the story. If Live Die Repeat and Repeat doesn't do something new and creative, it will likely lose a lot of the audience that the first film built. Luckily, it seems that whatever the premise of the new film will be, Doug Liman thinks it's something very special.
At this point, we don't really know when to expect the sequel, as getting everybody's shooting schedule is sync has been a problem. Still, it seems that Live Die Repeat and Repeat will happen, we just need to wait.