Edge of Tomorrow sequel: Emily Blunt thinks movie is too expensive to happen

Last Updated on August 2, 2021

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Edge of Tomorrow is one of the best sci-fi/action films to come out in the last few years and a sequel has been the topic of discussion ever since the first film debuted in 2014. While the film wasn't a HUGE hit out of the gate, the film performed well enough at the box office to warrant a sequel, and the movie has only made gains in popularity after its theatrical run. Sequel plans have certainly been brewing the creative minds behind the project frequently teasing a promising story but one of the first film's stars, Emily Blunt, thinks that the price tag for the sequel may prevent it from happening.

Emily Blunt was on "The Howard Stern Show" when prospects of the sequel were brought up. While recent news seemed to suggest that the sequel was moving in the right direction, Blunt has revealed the sequel could prove to be much too expensive for the studio to commit to it:

"Honestly, I think the movie is too expensive. I just don't know how we're going to do it."

What's clear is that Blunt, Tom Cruise, and director Doug Liman wall want the sequel to happen but Blunt also pointed out that a movie that expensive has become increasingly more difficult to produce amid the global pandemic. Not only are you committing to a hefty production budget, but you're also spending more money to ensure proper safety measures on top of future marketing costs. It does become a bit of a gamble to go all-in on a big-budget film like this when there is no guarantee of a substantial return on investment.

Directed by Doug Liman, Edge of Tomorrow follows a soldier played by Tom Cruise who ends up reliving the same day over and over again every time he dies battling an invasive alien race. The marketing for the film wasn't the strongest, which is why the film didn't perform as well as it could have when it came out during the summer of 2014 but word of mouth was strong enough to combat some of the confusion created by the marketing campaign. Critics loved the film, gracing it with a 91% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and it went on to gross $370 million worldwide. The main problem the film faced from a financial standpoint was that it had a reported budget of $178 million that got in the way of some of its profitability. Odds are a sequel would be even more expensive than that to produce so I can understand why a studio would be hesitant to commit to it at this time. 

What has me hopeful is that it wasn't too long ago that Blunt teased that the sequel had a "cool" and "promising" script. During an interview back in December of last year, Blunt said. "Yes, [the script] is really promising and really, really cool. I just don't know when everything's going to sort of align, you know what I mean? Between all of our schedules, it would just have to be the right time. But there is something in the works, for sure, that's a great idea. A great idea." Hopefully, somewhere down the line, they can figure out if they can have a feasible production budget that would allow a sequel to happen.

Do YOU think we'll ever get a sequel to Edge of Tomorrow?

Source: The Howard Stern Show

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