Doug Lyman spoke to Collider reporters. The conversation was mainly about the original “Edge of Tomorrow” and the current state of the sequel. First of all, the director said that he simply hated the title of the film.
He fought Warner Bros. for Live DIe Repeat (“Live. Die. And again”), which was originally only a slogan of the picture, and only later became a new name when the film got to physical media and streaming services.
I hated the title Edge of Tomorrow. I fought Warner Bros. but they insisted. But I still think this is the wrong title, and I hope that the movie will be renamed properly, since it will be in the libraries forever.
Lyman is also sure that the shortage of the picture at the box office is also a consequence of the incorrect name “Edge of the Future”.
The director has nothing special to say about the sequel. The picture is still under discussion, but the biggest problem is the script and attempts not to lower the bar set by the first film.
We set the bar high, but it took a lot of effort. When you work on a movie in which people travel in time, you quickly realize that humanity can never do this due to the sheer number of paradoxes.
Lyman revealed that at some point Warner Bros. wanted to remove the time travel aspect from the Edge of the Future altogether.
They asked me if the movie really needs this? Maybe Tom Cruise’s hero will just fight aliens? I said that I would shoot a tape about the repetition of the same day. No other way.
The director is confident that the sequel will be more intimate, personal and will focus on the characters. In addition, Lyman stated that he would not take up the job if Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt did not return to their roles. The cast is incredibly crowded right now, but if that happens, the director won’t give up.