Honestly, last year’s Edge of Tomorrow was one of the better blockbusters in recent years. Neither a sequel nor a remake, this adaptation of a manga comic book combined time travel, alien warfare, Tom Cruise playing an unexpected coward, and Emily Blunt as an especially awesome heroine. Who wouldn’t love more movies like that?
Well, despite a bumpy box office performance in the U.S., it appears that Tom Cruise would be first in line for more action fare like Edge of Tomorrow. Indeed, he wants a straight-up sequel to the sci-fi thriller.
While chatting with MTV at the premiere for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Cruise revealed that he is very game for an Edge of Tomorrow 2.
“I pitched it to [Christopher] McQuarrie and Doug [Liman],” Cruise said. “We were there one night, and I was like we got an idea for it.”
Cruise is referring to his current Rogue Nation director in Christopher McQuarrie, who also wrote the screenplay for Edge of Tomorrow; Doug Liman, conversely, directed the 2014 alien invasion film. And to Cruise’s credit, there is precedent for a sequel since All You Need is Kill (the source material manga) is also getting a follow-up.
However, given that Edge of Tomorrow grossed only $100 million at the U.S. box office and less than $400 million worldwide, it is hard to imagine Warner Bros. being eager to continue the story (even if it is far more appealing than furthering any PG-13 franchise from summer 2015). In fact, this underperformance is the very reason that the Edge of Tomorrow Blu-ray and DVD poster markets the film with a tagline that appears to be a wholly separate title: “Live. Die. Repeat.”
Still when Cruise suggests that not only is he interested, but that Emily Blunt’s “Angel of Verdun” might also return, it’s hard not to get excited.
“It could be so much fun,” Cruise said. “Gotta’ get Emily. I was like, ‘Emily, please.’ She was like, ‘Give me another year,’” please.
If that extra year secures the kind of word of mouth necessary to bring this would-be franchise back to life, we’re happy to wait.