Everyone involved in the first Edge of Tomorrow has been talking about a sequel for a while; they’de love to do it, it depends on timing, we have an idea, all that kind of stuff. Well now, for the first time, a significant step toward actually making the thing has been taken.

Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote the first movie, will produce and develop the script with writers Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse (who just wrote the Jesse Owens film Race). Doug Liman, who directed the original, is also in talks to return as will Cruise. No word if Emily Blunt’s character will return, but we hope so.

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Of course, this is great news, not least because Edge of Tomorrow was one of the best (if the most generically titled) movies of 2014. It means the parties involved are excited about this movie and have at least some general idea of where the story could go. You can bet McQuarrie, who not only wrote the original but is an Oscar-winning screenwriter, will have plenty to say too.

McQuarrie is currently prepping the sixth Mission: Impossible film, also with star Tom Cruise, which will happen first, so there’s no schedule of when EoT2 may happen. It could be right after M:I6, or it could be a year or two after that, or it could be never, if the script isn’t right. Liman was attached to do Gambit, but since left that project.

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Either way, if this movie does happen, I just hope there’s some way to duplicate the mechanics and tone of the first movie with a story that’s as engaging this time around.

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* Correction: The first version of this story had McQuarrie listed as the director, which is what Deadline initially reported. They’ve since amended their story to include Liman. We’ve done the same. Also this:

[Deadline]