Doug Liman Promises “Better Arc” For Tom Cruise

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The war against the Mimics rages on.

Edge Of Tomorrow 2 (or Live Die Repeat and Repeat) is teetering on the brink of development, and writer-director Doug Liman, who is poised to reteam with The Mummy‘s Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns), has offered up some new intel on the prequel-sequel while chatting to Cinema Blend.

Truth be told, Liman and Christopher McQuarrie’s under-appreciated gem didn’t exactly light up the box office in the way Warner Bros. would have hoped – $370 million isn’t an international haul to balk at, of course, but it’s not enough to launch a full-blown franchise with Cruise’s name on the masthead – so news that the Powers That Be planned to push on with Edge of Tomorrow 2 initially took many film fans by surprise.

And now that the pieces are starting to fall into place, Liman outlined the “better arc” that awaits Tom Cruise’s reluctant hero, Major William Cage.

You know, it’s a sequel that’s a prequel. That being said, he has a way better arc in the sequel. Because in Live Die Repeat, he’s basically saving the world because he lives there. He really is just trying to save the girl. He has not necessarily become less of a coward [by the end], and he hasn’t necessarily become a better person. As a matter of fact, that was something that was important to Tom.

Also on board to Live Die Repeat and Repeat all over again is Emily Blunt as the fearless Sergeant Rita Vrataski, and if you were left scratching your head once the credits rolled on Edge of Tomorrow, don’t worry; Doug Liman’s follow-up will deliver the answers fans so crave.

Per Cinema Blend:

When we were making the movie, we would joke that he’s only saving the Earth because he lives here. He would choose to just leave and go be somewhere else if he could. So his character never really makes the transformation. Vince Vaughn’s character doesn’t really make the transformation in Swingers. I love anti-heroes, and sometimes I love them for their anti-heroness, so you don’t want to necessarily lose that. That being said, he has a proper arc in the sequel, which is why I’m so excited to make the movie.

On your feet, maggot! Edge of Tomorrow 2 is beginning to take shape under the watchful eye of Doug Liman; however, there’s still no word on a concrete release date. Next up for Cruise is the launch of Mission: Impossible 6 in 2018.



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