Doug Liman Says 'Edge Of Tomorrow' Sequel Will Be "Smaller", Teases New Direction

Doug Liman has some interesting ideas on what a sequel should be. Given that he's never really done them before, this is news to us. But he'll be tackling his first with the sequel to Edge of Tomorrow, which he previously said would be titled Live Die Repeat and Repeat. Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Liman reveals just how many sequels there will be, and his idea of what he has in mind for its size and scope...

“I think what people tend to do with sequels is they just make them bigger. And I’m like, ‘No, a sequel should be smaller.’ You did the first film as sort of the ad campaign for the sequel, so now you don’t need as much action, and in the case of Edge of Tomorrow, people obviously loved the comedy and they loved the situation… So we can do way more focus on Tom’s character and Emily Blunt’s character, and there’s a third character in the sequel that’s gonna for sure steal the movie. We can focus on that. I don’t need an action sequence every two minutes.”

“I see this as a two-movie franchise; there’s the completion of the story we set up in the first movie and the relationships between Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt—because, remember, at the end of the first movie, she doesn’t know who he is—and that’s gonna launch us into an amazing new direction. It does pick up right where we left off, but it doesn’t keep going forward, because we’d screw with time, because the aliens screwed with time.”

Well, just because Liman sees this as a two-movie franchise doesn't mean Tom Cruise does, and we know the decision is ultimately up to him. But I like Liman's idea for a smaller movie with a heavier focus on the characters, as long as he doesn't forget the action was really a huge draw, as well.