"Live, die, repeat," are the words to live by if you're Tom Cruise in "Edge of Tomorrow," and potentially, words for the people responsible for the movie to live up to in the future. When we caught up with Cruise last month at the New York premiere of "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation," he mentioned that he has an idea brewing for a sequel to his 2014 science fiction action flick — even though, well, not a ton of people saw it, at least in theaters.
In case you're one of those people, "Edge of Tomorrow" takes place in a future where mankind is at constant war with an alien species, and Cruise plays a PR guy who becomes a shoot-everything-that-moves badass after being splashed with time-traveling goo that forces him to relive the same day over and over again on a loop, "Starship Troopers" meets "Saving Private Ryan" meets "Groundhog Day" style. It's intense, it's awesome, and it wasn't seen by enough people.
And yet! Cruise and company love "Edge of Tomorrow" as much as the folks who saw the movie, and it turns out, Cruise isn't the only one excited about a possible sequel. Christopher McQuarrie, the man who wrote "Edge of Tomorrow" and worked with Cruise as director on "Rogue Nation," told Uproxx this week that he's up for a sequel:
"When we went out to dinner when we were making 'Mission' and Tom said, 'I have an idea for the sequel to Edge,' and I said, 'I don't want to f---ing hear it. I do not want to know!' And he pitched the idea to me and he finished pitching it, I was like, 'Goddammit, why did you do that?'"
In other words, whatever idea Cruise cooked up, McQuarrie's intrigued. He says that "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 I'll be in the void trying to figure that out."
But it sounds like McQuarrie is willing to step into that void — as long as some other people join in on the fun as well.
"It all comes down to Warner Bros. and [director] Doug Liman and Emily Blunt saying yes," he says. "The idea is there."
Will we see the idea? Time will tell — and when the time comes, we will live right on the "Edge" over and over and over again.