Why Edge of Tomorrow 2 Is Taking So Long Explained By Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt has revealed why it has taken so long for plans for Edge of Tomorrow 2 to progress, despite announcements for the sci-fi sequel dating as far back as 2015. Based on the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill, 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow saw Blunt star opposite Tom Cruise in the critically acclaimed blockbuster helmed by The Bourne Identity’s Doug Liman. Earning over $370 million in worldwide box office, in 2015 it was revealed that Cruise had already locked in an idea for the sequel, though the project would never make it beyond the initial scripting stages.


In a recent interview with Deadline, Blunt offered her own thoughts on the long-gestating sequel and explained why the follow-up was taking so long. Suggesting that for the sequel to succeed the film would need to be “as ambitious as the first one”, she questioned how much more mileage could be derived from the first film’s time loop concept. Nonetheless, The Quiet Place actress suggested she would relish the opportunity to reunite with Cruise for a sequel. Check out her comments below:

“Well, I would love to do another one. I don’t know when and I don’t know how, but I would love it. I don’t know if my back could take it. In the funniest, most charming way in the world because [Tom Cruise] was such a gem to me. But I think we just knew I just had to toughen up and get through it. Because otherwise, you would spend the entire film fighting against the fact that you wished your suit was lighter, but it wasn’t. But I loved the experience so much, and I would love to work with Doug [Liman] again. It’s like we have to create something as ambitious as the first one. How much more mileage can we get out of a repeating day? What’s the new construct?”

What We Know About Plans For The Edge Of Tomorrow Franchise

William Cage in a war zone in Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow was praised for both its humor and fast-paced action sequences, and it came as little surprise that Cruise was keen to make his return in a follow-up to the 2014 hit. While its underlying concept borrowed from several well-established sci-fi tropes, Liman’s film was able to craft a clever narrative that put a fresh spin on otherwise often recycled ideas. Coupled with Blunt and Cruise’s energetic performances, Edge of Tomorrow had all the makings of a bona fide fan favorite.

While Liman had initially signed on for the film’s sequel in 2016, it was not until 2019 that the director finally announced the script had been completed. Hoping to name the follow-up Live, Die Repeat & Repeat, Liman has suggested that the second film would be “a sequel that’s a prequel”, hinting at the continued use of time manipulation. However, after numerous delays, in early 2022 the surprising news broke that Warner Bros. was instead secretly looking at making an Edge of Tomorrow television series.

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At this stage, little is known about the potential TV series adaptation, with news of its existence only breaking due to a lawsuit filed against the studio by the film’s original production company, Village Roadshow. Between this lawsuit, and Warner Bros.’s later merger with Discovery, Inc, it’s possible that those plans may also end up going completely by the wayside. If Warner Bros. does indeed opt-out of pursuing their TV series, hopefully, this might just leave room for Blunt and Cruise to make their own triumphant time-travelling return in the long-gestating Edge of Tomorrow 2.

Source: Deadline

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