We know what you’re thinking: a film about a guy who wakes up, only to find he’s reliving the same day over an over? So far, so Groundhog Day. But Edge Of Tomorrow is different: starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, the action thriller is directed by Doug Liman, the director of Swingers and The Bourne Identity. GQ attended an exclusive preview screening and Q&A with Liman in London this week to get a glimpse of the final film before its release in May. Here’s everything you need to know.
The “jackets” are seriously cool. Robotic exoskeletons are in vogue at the moment – see Matt Damon in Elysium and the Robocop reboot, for example – but those in Edge Of Tomorrow might be the best yet. Designed by Pierre Bohanna, the designer behind the Harry Potter films and who happened to also help create Christian Bale’s Batsuit, the suits are enormous, clunking machines – but deadly in the right hands.
It’s surprisingly funny. You’d think a film about an alien invasion and repeatedly dying would be a major downer, but Edge Of Tomorrow is funny. Very funny. The dark humour (being immortal allows for plenty of physical comedy), combined with Emily Blunt’s comic chops, is a smart move and something often missing from recent sci-fi efforts (Cruise’s own Oblivion, for example).
There were some “production challenges”. Commenting on “some of the stories of turmoil on the set” (the film has been through numerous writers since its inception in 2010), Liman said simply, “I refused to do this cookie cutter movie.” He also talked about Cruise and the cast’s work rate, revealing that they shot seven days a week with two crews to get an extra 20 shooting days out of the schedule. One of the biggest problems about shooting a film set in one day? The British weather. “It can’t be raining if it wasn’t raining the day before.”
The title change isn’t a big deal. Though the film was originally named All You Need Is Kill like the Japanese novel the story is based on, some internet fans were upset when this was changed in Edge Of Tomorrow. “Right from the beginning I knew we were never going to call it [AYNIK],” says Liman, claiming the title “has nothing to do with story.”
Tom Cruise looks back to his best. From the early scenes we’ve seen, Edge Of Tomorrow is vintage Cruise, a mix of wit and out-of-his-depth nerves last seen around the time of Minority Report. As Liman put it in the Q&A, “There’s something for everyone: if you love Tom Cruise he gives this amazing performance… if you hate Tom Cruise, he dies like 200 times in the movie.”
Edge Of Tomorrow is out on 30 May.
Is Brad Pitt ready to reteam with his Interview with the Vampire co-star Tom Cruise? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pitt is being courted to star with Cruise in Go Like Hell, 20th Century Fox’s car-racing project that will be directed by Cruise’s Oblivion helmer Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy).
The film is an adaptation of A. J. Baime’s book “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans,” which is described as follows:
By the early 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Young Henry Ford II, who had taken the reins of his grandfather’s company with little business experience to speak of, knew he had to do something to shake things up. Baby boomers were taking to the road in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari, whose cars epitomized style, lorded it over the European racing scene. He crafted beautiful sports cars, “science fiction on wheels,” but was also called “the Assassin” because so many drivers perished while racing them.
“Go Like Hell” tells the remarkable story of how Henry Ford II, with the help of a young visionary named Lee Iacocca and a former racing champion turned engineer, Carroll Shelby, concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company. They would enter the high-stakes world of European car racing, where an adventurous few threw safety and sanity to the wind. They would design, build, and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own game at the most prestigious and brutal race in the world, something no American car had ever done.
“Go Like Hell” transports readers to a risk-filled, glorious time in this brilliant portrait of a rivalry between two industrialists, the cars they built, and the “pilots” who would drive them to victory, or doom.
Cruise is attached to play Shelby. Pitt was once attached to star when it had Michael Mann on board back in 2009. Lucas Foster and Alex Young are producing.
One of 2012′s most pleasant surprises was Christopher McQuarrie‘s ‘Jack Reacher,’ which starred Tom Cruise as the titular bad ass. As it was based on a series of books by Lee Child it seemed ready to spawn a franchise, but the film’s modestly-hyped Christmas release suggested that Paramount didn’t know if they had a winner. The film was a modest success, and now Paramount is working on developing a sequel.
News comes from Deadline that Paramount and Skydance are looking to adapt the most recent Reacher adventure ‘Never Go Back,’ in which the main character is under suspicion for pummeling a man and impregnating a woman. Currently the project is out to writers. The first ‘Reacher’ was adapted by Christopher McQuarrie, who will not be working on the sequel as he’s currently prepping ‘Mission: Impossible 5.’
Word is that Paramount wants this fast, and may try to try to sneak the ‘Reacher’ sequel into Cruise’s schedule before he returns to Ethan Hunt, though he’s been circling ‘Go Like Hell‘ for Joseph Kosinski. Currently ‘Mission: Impossible 5′ is dated for December 25, 2015, so they don’t have a lot of time on the clock unless they follow ‘Warcraft”s lead and move ‘M:I 5′ away from ‘Star Wars: Episode 7,’ which is currently scheduled to open December 18, 2015.
And to finalize tonight’s update, I bring you Screen Captures from the Mission: Impossible, plus some new HQs stills and Behind Scenes photos. Happy Saturday!