Speaking to MTV News in 2015, Tom Cruise revealed that he had pitched director Doug Liman and co-writer Christopher McQuarrie an idea for a sequel to Edge of Tomorrow. Though the star didn’t reveal any details, Cruise confirmed Blunt would be interested in joining the project the following year.
A few months after Cruise’s comments, McQuarrie confirmed to Collider that the creative team had “completed and loaded the idea for the sequel.” Ideas became words when news broke in 2016 that Race writers Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse would write the sequel, and Deadline reported McQuarrie would be joining as producer and script consultant. By the end of 2016, Liman had signed on to direct, revealing to Collider that the upcoming film would be “a sequel that’s a prequel.” It’s unclear if that was Cruise’s original idea. However, Liman was completely blown away by the idea of returning to the world of Edge of Tomorrow, telling IGN that it would “revolutionize the way people make sequels.” Is it possible that the sequel is overly ambitious in its direction and Warner Bros. is reluctant to greenlight a film that could potentially alienate audiences?
With expectations this high, you’d assume cameras would start rolling as soon as possible, but Cruise instead focused on “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” which stalled the momentum. In 2018 it was confirmed that the sequel would be titled Live Die Repeat and Repeat, with Liman enthusiastically sharing with Collider that he, Blunt and Cruise were passionate about the sequel, confirming that there were previous scheduling issues between the trio given had worked.