While promoting his newly released film American Made Director Doug Liman spoke about his horrendously marketed, but extremely well received 2014 film Edge of Tomorrow and the sequel that is currently in pre-production.
For those of you unaware, the film is based on the 2004 Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill. The movie was initially to be released as All You Need Is Kill, however it was changed by the studio to Edge of Tomorrow despite Liman preferring the title Live Die Repeat, and accompanied by a series of dreadful trailers that succeeded in destroying any hype for the project. However after release, with the help of word and mouth the movie managed to rake in $370.5 million, which might seem impressive but with a budget of $178 million isn’t exactly the return Warner Bros was hoping for.
The sequel does not have a release date as of yet, and is currently titled Live Die Repeat and Repeat, that coupled with the comments below suggest that Warner Bros are loosening the reigns and giving Liman the freedom he needs to complete his vision for the films, which seem to be keeping their Groundhog Day structure.
I’m hoping to rebrand it fully as Live Die Repeat, and the sequel will be inspired from that, whether it’s Live Die Repeat and Repeat or something else. Tom and I make movies for the long term, and I really think about getting the title settled for posterity. At one point, the studio asked, ‘Does he need to repeat the day? Can’t he just fight the aliens?’ I was like, ‘If you want me to direct it, he’s gotta repeat the day.
Liman also gave some plot details for the sequel so fans have an idea of what to expect, which has caused some like myself to speculate.
It picks up where the last one left off, but then we go backwards in time. I love it way more than the story of the original film.
To me this sounds like we could be going back to the Battle of Verdun referenced in the first film where Emily Blunt’s Rita Vrataski earned her nickname ‘The Angel of Verdun’ and first discovered the ability to reset the day.
For now I would recommend checking out the result of Doug Liman’s latest collaboration with Tom Cruise, American Made while its still in cinemas.
Source: Yahoo Movies