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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

McQuarrie Talks Edge of Tomorrow Sequel Possibility

Tom Cruise's long day of alien-fighting could be extended.

By Brandon Wolfe

Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie has forged a strong creative bond with Tom Cruise in recent years, going from Jack Reacher to Edge of Tomorrow to the current hit Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. But while Rogue Nation is a critically lauded blockbuster and Jack Reacher is about to receive a sequel, Edge of Tomorrow is the collaboration that sort of got lost in the shuffle, underperforming last year despite near-unanimous praise. But last week, Cruise mentioned to the press that he had an idea for an Edge of Tomorrow sequel, and in an interview with Uproxx, McQuarrie has addressed the chances of it coming to fruition.

It all comes down to Warner Bros. and Doug Liman and Emily Blunt saying yes. The idea is there. At worst, it's the kernel of an idea - which is, on one hand, great, but on the other hand, I know what a nightmare that is. I know that I'll be in the void trying to figure that out.

And even then when it came out in the press after Tom had mentioned it, right away, there were people on social media saying, "Don't do it, it should never have a sequel, etc., etc." And I'm just laughing because I'm like, "You guys don't even know what we are talking about! You have no idea!"

Look, that was one of the best creative teams I've ever worked with as far as a team of rivals: Emily is one facet of that; Doug Liman is a completely different and opposing force; Tom Cruise is another. And there I am in the middle, just playing to these three really strong, really smart people.

What I've learned, having made Mission, is what I would write into the movie to make that movie an easier sell. Edge of Tomorrow was incredibly difficult to market. From the look of the film... to the title of the film, whatever the title was, whether it was All You Need is Kill or Edge of Tomorrow - and God help us figuring out what the title of the sequel is. The Edge of the Day After Tomorrow? I don't know.

But the humor in the film took a good 35 minutes to really dawn on you - the movie really sneaks up on you and takes this sudden left turn. The movie didn't have the moments that a trailer needs to tell you, "This is the experience you're going to have." Jack Reacher was a really tough movie to market and we were constantly struggling... Edge of Tomorrow didn't have a presence on social media until the weekend it came out, then people go, "Oh my God, it's really good" … it was too little, too late."

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