Although Tom Cruise’s sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow didn’t set the box office on fire, it did make enough to warrant a sequel.

On April 8, Deadline reported that Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse were picked to pen the sequel. The two writers have a difficult job ahead since the first movie was a self-contained story. They just worked on the Jesse Owens biopic Race and are currently working on The Gray Man for Sony.

The Gray Man will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote Edge of Tomorrow and is directing Cruise in Mission: Impossible 6. After Deadline’s report, McQuarrie tweeted that he will not be directing Edge of Tomorrow 2. Original director Doug Liman will be back on board, though McQuarrie will still be involved as a producer.

 

 

Edge of Tomorrow initially seemed like a failure for Cruise, but it eventually grossed $100 million in the U.S. and $270 million internationally. It also quickly became a hit with science fiction fans.

The first film is based on the Hiroshi Sakurazaka novel All You Need Is Kill.

 

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