We’ve been patiently waiting on news about the sequel to the sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow that stared Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.
While promoting his new film Lockdown, shot during the pandemic, director Doug Liman explained that without the the pair of actors officially signing on the film can’t move forward.
LIMAN: “I’ve always been interested in the idea of a sequel being more character-driven than the first film, because that’s not how things are normally done. That’s been my approach when developing the sequel and because Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are such phenomenal actors. I get sometimes the sequel just has to have more firepower or more explosions but no visual effect is going to top what you’re going to get from a great scene performed by Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.”
“It’s one of these things where if Tom, Emily and I were to say, ‘we’re ready to pull the trigger on this script,’ it’s Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, the film gets made. That’s pretty much how Hollywood works. The stars are the gatekeepers. If you can get Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt to commit to the movie, it’s going to happen.“
Emily Blunt has previously said she’s game but it all comes down to scheduling, the actors have to agree to a script and the production stated before anything seems to be going forward.
The filmmaker also talked to Collider about where they are concerning the untitled movie that will star Tom Cruise and will shoot sequences in space thanks to SpaceX.
LIMAN: “From the first conversations that we’ve had about the film… how you insure it has been a central part of the conversations. So, we wouldn’t be talking about this movie if we hadn’t figured out a way to navigate the insurance component. So we have navigated it, but there would not have been a conversation about this movie without figuring out the insurance… it’s the same thing in Locked Down, one of the first conversations was about insurance, because of the pandemic… You can’t make a movie without having an insurance conversation. And [whether] you’re talking about going to outer space, [or] you’re talking about shooting in London in the heart of the pandemic, you know, insurance is gonna dictate whether that actually is possible.”
“I’m not sure any of us really know what 2021 is gonna look like yet, because of the pandemic. I have something I’m working on that I’m hoping I can shoot. But I don’t think anyone can know 100% right now.”
Things are even more certain during the pandemic but I’m sure studios will eventually want to secure Tom Cruise’s schedule before other things come up.