Doug Liman was on hand at the Television Critics Association's winter session to promote his upcoming YouTube series Impulse, but Collider was also on hand to get some juicy bits about a couple of his other big-name projects.
Liman is currently overseeing post-production on Chaos Walking, his most recent film, a sci-fi YA adaptation of a novel by Patrick Ness. In the film, a teen named Todd has been raised to believe a viral germ has killed off all the women in the world, while also giving the men the ability to read people's minds. This talent has been called "Noise," because, well, it's noisy. But when Todd finds a patch of silence, he discovers its source is a young woman named Viola.
Two genre heavyweights star in Chaos Walking: Tom Holland (the most recent iteration of Spider-Man) plays Todd, and Daisy Ridley (Rey in the newest Star Wars trilogy) plays Viola. And it sounds like Liman is in awe of how the two young actors play off one another, comparing them to another iconic duo he once directed:
"With Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, I haven’t felt like that, since casting Brad [Pitt] and Angie [Angelina Jolie] on Mr. & Mrs. Smith. I’ve had amazing actors in my films, but having amazing actors at the exact right moment in their careers, like I had with Mr. & Mrs. Smith, I feel like I’ve lucked into that same timing again on Chaos Walking. They’re incredible together. There’s a crazy big idea in Chaos Walking, but I’m interested in it, in terms of how it impacts the relationship between Daisy and Tom."
Sounds promising, no? Well, that's not the only good news Liman had to share. He revealed that the sequel to his cult favorite sci-fi actioner, Edge of Tomorrow, might just come to life sooner than later:
"We’re just working on the script… [We’re no longer working on scheduling issues], now it’s down to we have a window where we could go do it, and we’re frantically working on the script. It’s one of those movies that we’ll only go make if we love the script. It’s not one of those things where the studio is pushing us to make it and they don’t really care if it’s good or not. If the movie happens, it will be because Emily Blunt, Tom Cruise and myself are passionate about making it, which is a great place to be. She doesn’t need this movie, he doesn’t need this movie, and I don’t need it. We’re gonna make it if we really believe in it. We have story that the three of us love, so we’re working hard on the script."
The plot of Edge of Tomorrow 2 is being kept under wraps, but Liman has previously teased that it is a "sequel that's a prequel." Seems pretty standard for a film in which the main character gets stuck in a time loop.
In the original, Cruise starred as a military public relations officer with no combat experience who is forced into combat when aliens invade. Unsurprisingly, he dies. Surprisingly, he is sent back to the day prior, over and over again, where he teams up with a Special Forces warrior played by Blunt, who teaches him how to fight the deadly aliens.
While nothing is set in stone for the sequel, Liman did say Edge of Tomorrow 2 has the "possibility" of being his next film.
Chaos Walking opens wide March 1, 2019.