Okay, maybe it’s a stretch to see this connection — but maybe not. Deadline Hollywood is reporting the following:
Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse have been tapped to write the sequel to Tom Cruise and Doug Liman’s sci-fi sleeper hit Edge Of Tomorrow. The original film, also starring a buffed-up Emily Blunt, was a surprise and pleasure for many genre fans with its time-bending narrative and stylish chemistry between its leads. Although a slow opener domestically, it eventually hit $100 million in the U.S. More importantly, it was a bone fide smash internationally, grossing a further $270 million or so to make the case for a sequel pretty compelling.
Why is this possibly relevant to consideration of a Legend of Tarzan sequel?
Well, let’s line it up side by side with Legend of Tarzan.
So . . . . .
First of all — it provides a strong argument that would allow any LOT “sequelista” to shout down the haters who say “no way” — clearly , it’s not completely out of the question.
Things in LOT’s favor —
- Stronger domestic opening and domestic performance, where WB earns more than they do abroad.
- A- Cinemascore means opening night audience (the only night they do cinemascore surveys) was stronger for LOT.
Things that could be used to argue against LOT —
- Overall BOG is less and may not quite reach the magic “2x” muliplier.
- RT Critics at 36% vs 91% for EOT …. that’s a huge difference.
- Audience rating on RT @90% for EOT
- Tom Cruise is pushing EOT
Okay, I get it. But still, all in all, this is good news. I’ll take it.
Doing a little more research, Cruise is quoted a year ago as saying this:
I pitched it to [Christopher] McQuarrie and [Edge of Tomorrowdirector] Doug [Liman]. We were there one night and I was like, ‘I’ve got an idea for it.’ … It could be so much fun. Gotta get Emily [Blunt]. I was like, ‘Emily, please.’ She was like, ‘Give me another year, please.’”
So, this points to something — Cruise “having an idea” and starting to push it is probably the main reason that EOT2 is going to happen.
Who will push LOT2?
Well . . . . we’ll cross that bridge a little later.
For now, this is good news.
(Thanks to commenter CinemaConFan for tipping this.)