You may have caught the Tom Cruise-Emily Blunt starring Edge of Tomorrow in 2014. Put simply it was a silly but entertaining sci-fi/action version of Groundhog Day. Man wakes up about to go into a sci-fi-sequel battle, dies, wakes up at the beginning of the day again, does the same, dies, wakes up again etc. etc. ad nauseam.
Simple plot, entertaining and we were quite happy to be entertained by that for a nice two hours or so. A sequel is not necessary; and (admittedly I can’t remember the ending) but I really don’t recall a sequel making sense. However, it did go on to gross on average about $364 million or so worldwide, so it was a nice money-maker.
And so, in popular, modern Hollywood fashion, a sequel is apparently going ahead and Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are reportedly starring again with Doug Liman on directing duties once more. Well now we have a title and it’s… Well, you can judge for yourself. Here’s what Doug Liman said:
“We have an amazing story! It’s incredible! Way better than the first film, and I obviously loved the first film. It will be called Live Die Repeat and Repeat. Tom Cruise is excited about it, and Emily Blunt is excited about it. The big question is just when we’ll do it. But it’s not an if, it’s a when.”
I’ll give you a second to finish groaning.
Done? Okay. It’s really not a great title. In fact I think it’s awful. It’s on the nose, not particularly clever and not catchy. And doesn’t sound good. If you remember this is an obvious reference to the previous film’s tag line, ‘Live. Die. Repeat.’ Only now that’s been made worse and been made the actual title… It’s more reminiscent of shampoo instructions than a sci-fi title (at least according to my girlfriend). With any luck this may be changed last minute; maybe to something like Edge of Yesterday or Edge of the Day After… Or literally anything else. They could afford to be more creative, especially since, also according to director Doug Liman, this follow-up will in fact serve as both a sequel and prequel.
Still, Liman is very confident (or overly cocky) about the strength of his script. In his interview with Collider he said:
“I had these intellectual ideas on how you should make a sequel, and this script and this idea fit perfectly into that idea. So it’s gonna revolutionize how people make sequels.”
Let’s hope his confidence leads to a better film than it’s current title.