Edge of Tomorrow, the sci-fi nerd version of Groundhog Day, is reportedly getting a sequel. The 2014 Tom Cruise–Emily Blunt movie about a war against aliens saw Cruise’s character die in battle again and again and again, only to wake up each time and repeat the day again and again and again. There has been talk of a sequel for a while, in spite of the fact that unlike the movie’s characters, audiences didn’t go to see the film again and again and again. In Hollywood terms, it was something of a bomb: it didn’t recover its $180 million budget at the domestic box office, which usually quashes any dreams of sequels that producers have.
However, the movie did well overseas and in home-viewing markets, and those who like it like it a lot. (It has a 90% score on Rotten Tomatoes.) So a sequel is going ahead after all, with the film’s director, Doug Liman returning to helm. (I’m really hoping they call it Edgier of Tomorrow.) Deadline is reporting that Anna Whitehouse and Joe Shrapnel have been hired to write the script. I hope they do a good job of it, although given how Edge of Tomorrow ended, I’m not really sure where they can take the story. That said, the tagline for the movie was Live. Die. Repeat, which is pretty much Hollywood’s business model.