Doug Liman is a busy man, which may be the reason why he ended up departing major projects such as Gambit and Justice League Dark. Liman’s talents have been on display for years, and one of his most recent projects took a bit of time to receive the audience it deserved.
That project was Edge of Tomorrow. That film starred Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, and was poorly marketed by Warner Bros. as a super-serious sci-fi action film that did not earn the box office tallies it deserved. Much of that is due to its garbage title that was used over the original manga’s title All You Need Is Kill as well as the film’s official tagline: Live Die Repeat.
Liman is currently developing a sequel to the film, which will be titled Live Die Repeat and Repeat. Liman spoke to Den of Geek about the reasoning behind this title as well as why Edge of Tomorrow was chosen for the first film:
“So the book was called All You Need Is Kill. Japanese. I was making a comedy – an action comedy, and All You Need Is Kill didn’t feel like it was the tone of the movie I had made. The studio wanted to call it Edge Of Tomorrow, and I wanted to call it Live Die Repeat. I fought vehemently and lost. And then when the film came out and people loved it but the box-office wasn’t as good as it should have been, I really railed into the executive at Warner Bros who’d insisted that Edge Of Tomorrow was the better title. I was like, ‘It clearly is not. You were wrong.’ I committed the cardinal sin of telling somebody in Hollywood when they’re wrong, like, literally – I ended up having to call the person and apologize for pointing out that they were wrong. And they started titling it the title I always thought it should have, which is Live Die Repeat. But they tiptoed around it, and when we make the sequel, it’ll be permanently titled Live Die Repeat. The sequel will be Live Die Repeat and Repeat.”
For those who purchased the film, the packaging features the title Live Die Repeat prominently over the original theatrical title of Edge of Tomorrow. Hopefully, the marketing is savvy enough for audiences to understand that Live Die Repeat and Repeat is indeed a sequel.
Liman also told Den of Geek about how his directorial work on The Bourne Identity was his own way of directing a spy movie given that he always wanted to direct a James Bond movie in his career:
“You know, that was the most surreal thing. I always wanted to make a James Bond movie my whole life. I didn’t grow up like Quentin Tarantino, watching esoteric art films at the video store. I’d go to the multiplex and see big, mainstream movies, and I’d go, ‘I want to make one of those one day.’ I always wanted to make a James Bond film, and they only seemed to hire British directors, and I’d made Swingers – they were never going to hire me for a James Bond film off Swingers. I felt so insecure while I was making The Bourne Identity that I was making a poor man’s spy movie. There was someone on the set who had the Mission: Impossible ring tone on his phone, and every time his phone rang it drove me nuts because I was afraid my movie was never going to be as good as Mission: Impossible. It was never going to be as good as James Bond. So it was really surreal afterwards to go and see the next James Bond film, and be like, ‘Oh, I did make a James Bond film, because now the James Bond film looks like The Bourne Identity. So given the emotional insecurity I bring to my craft, that was really surreal. I would still love to direct a James Bond film, but I’m not sure if I have or haven’t.”
The Daniel Craig Bond films have been commonly compared to the Bourne franchise with its more serious tone compared to previous incarnations of James Bond. Now that Bond 25 has an official release date set, perhaps Liman can prime himself as a candidate to be the next director on that legendary franchise.
What do you guys think about Liman’s comments regarding Live Die Repeat and Repeat? Also, would you like to see a Liman-helmed Bond movie? Sound off in the comments below.
Source: Den of Geek