Edge of Tomorrow sequel nabs 2 screenwriters with director Doug Liman returning

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Apr 8, 2016, 7:25 PM EDT

Back in 2014, Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow became a critically acclaimed sleeper hit. Directed by Doug Liman (who will direct 20th Century Fox's Gambit starring Channing Tatum as the titular X-Man) and also starring Emily Blunt, the sci-fi movie saw Cruise star as a military officer who is “brought into an alien war against an extraterrestrial enemy who can reset the day and know the future. When this officer is enabled with the same power, he teams up with a Special Forces warrior to try and end the war.”

Based on the Japanese novel “All You Need is Kill,” Cruise’s character, Major William "Bill" Cage, a military public relations officer with no real combat experience, gets stuck in a time loop a la Groundhog Day where he keeps dying and dying over again -- in various, and sometimes even funny, ways -- only to be brought back to the day that precedes the battle every. single. time. Blunt co-starred as Special Forces operative Sergeant Rita Rose Vrataski who teams with Cage in order to find a way to defeat the aliens.

Deadline reports Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse (Frankie & Alice, Race) have been hired to write a sequel that could reunite Emily Blunt with Tom Cruise. The dynamic writing duo will also do a rewrite of Sony's The Gray Man, a thriller based on Mark Greaney's novel. They’ve also got a couple more writing projects in the works, including Circle Of Treason and The Aftermath. All three are book adaptations.

While the earlier report claimed Edge of Tomorrow screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) had been tapped to sit in the director’s chair for the sequel, McQuarrie took to Twitter to set the record straight and confirmed it was Liman who was coming back as the movie’s helmer. McQuarrie himself will be involved in the movie and is apparently in talks to come on board as a producer and to develop the script with the new writers.

Even though the first film seemed to tie up any loose ends quite neatly, I’m genuinely intrigued as to how they’ll work out a way to bring Cruise and Blunt together again for the sequel, and hope they'll be able to keep the spirit and overall tone of the original. What do you guys think?

(via Deadline, Spinoff Online)