In Good News Today today, the planned sequel to 2014’s excellent Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt sci-fi, Edge Of Tomorrow, has reached the next phase of its Hollywood life cycle: it now has someone to write it!
Scribe duo Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse have been brought in to pen the follow-up to Doug Liman’s adaptation of the Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill. That adaptation was one of the finest movies of 2014, charging through its time-fractured narrative at breakneck speed, giving us one of Tom Cruise’s most interesting (and funny!) performances in years, and certifying once and for all that Emily Blunt: Action Star is absolutely a thing (can we please make sure that it stays a thing?)
While Doug Liman should be praised for his work behind the camera, it would be a crime to omit mentioning the heavy lifting of Christopher McQuarrie’s script, which deftly and playfully juggled the viewer’s emotions as the movie’s repeating scenarios unfolded, and which somehow managed to largely land the tricky ending. Needless to say it feels like a shame that, unlike Liman, McQuarrie will not be returning in full capacity for the sequel, although the good news is that he will be helping the two newcomers in developing the script, as well as most likely overseeing things from a producer’s perspective.
Speaking of Shrapnel and Waterhouse, the two are on a bit of a hot streak at the moment, as, according to Deadline:
After getting their first proper feature produced this year with the Jesse Owens biopic Race, the pair were brought on to do a rewrite of The Gray Man, based on the novel by Mark Greaney, at Sony.
The duo also adapted Circle Of Treason, based on a book by CIA agents Sandy Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille about their pursuit of fellow CIA agent and traitor Aldrich Ames.
Shrapnel and Waterhouse have also adapted Rhidian Brook’s The Aftermath for Ridley Scott’s Scott Free and BBC Films.
Edge of Tomorrow was widely regarded as a bit of a flop, and indeed domestically it only took about 56% of its $178 million budget, but luckily due to its big name appeal, visceral plotting, and (let’s just put cynicism aside) overall quality, it managed to rake in another $270 million around the world.
Which — yay! Good movies sometimes succeed after a rough start!
So, then: Liman, McQuarrie, Blunt, Cruise; all back on board. If the two new writers and McQuarrie can find an interesting and valid way to weave a sequel out of the pretty-fairly tied off threads of the original then count me in.