Bleak Alternate EDGE OF TOMORROW Ending Revealed By Screenwriter

The ending of Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow has been a hot-topic of conversation and to add fuel to the fire screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie ("The Usual Suspects") revealed to the website, Film School Rejects, another ending he proposed instead.

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Film School Rejects conducted a rather interesting interview with Edge of Tomorrow' screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie ("Jack Reacher"). In it, the Oscar-winning scribe is asked about two topics that people had the most issues with: excessive exposition and the film's ending. McQuarrie admits that he had to sell director Doug Liman on some of the exposition-heavy scenes. Specifically, when Emily Blunt's character explains the rules to Tom Cruise's Cage. As for the ending, people have voiced their displeasure with how the film concluded.

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If you're reading this, you've gotten out. And if you've come this far, maybe you're willing to come a little further. You remember the ending of Edge of Tomorrow, don't you? Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) wakes up without the ability to reset the day. Cage decides to to after the Omega but he'll need some help. So, Cage and Sgt. Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) convince the J-Squad to come with them to the Louvre. While they are flying to their destination Cage warns the J-Squad not to kill an Alpha as it would have dire consequences for all of them.

Below, is another version of the ending McQuarrie proposed, but it was ultimately rejected.

"When Tom loses the power, and they go to Paris, and Tom is preparing the team as they go into Paris where he's telling them the rules of the movie, he tells the team everything the audience knows. Basically, he told them: 'Kill as many Mimics as you want, but do not kill an Alpha. If you kill an alpha we'll be right back here having this conversation, and we won't even know it. The enemy will know we're coming and they'll kill us all.' When they get to Paris there's the classic horror movie scene where one of them gets separated from the group, and he gets attacked by an Alpha and kills it. As he kills it, you see the Omega reset the day and you see the point-of-view of the villain. We cut to the plane and hear the same speech all over again. This time when he gets to the line, 'You can bet they'll have a plan to kill us all,' the ship gets hit. As the audience, you realize the enemy knows they're coming. The problem was you were so exhausted by the time you got to that point." - Christopher McQuarrie

The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the world’s armies have joined forces for a last stand offensive against the alien horde, with no second chances. Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped—untrained and ill-equipped—into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an Alpha down with him. But, impossibly, he awakens back at the beginning of the same hellish day, and is forced to fight and die again…and again. Direct physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop—dooming him to live out the same brutal combat over and over. But with each pass, Cage becomes tougher, smarter, and able to engage the Mimics with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt), who has lain waste to more Mimics than anyone on Earth. As Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated battle becomes an opportunity to find the key to annihilating the alien invaders and saving the Earth.

EDGE OF TOMORROW is being directed by Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”) from a screenplay written by Dante Harper, Christopher McQuarrie and Joby Harold, based on the novel "All You Need Is Kill" by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. The film stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong (BBC’s “Robin Hood”), Tony Way, Kick Gurry, Franz Drameh, and Charlotte Riley. The film will hit theaters June 6, 2014.
Source: io9.com
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giannis - 7/3/2014, 1:36 AM
I finally saw this movie yesterday. It deserved more money at the box office!
Pending - 7/3/2014, 2:04 AM
I love the optimistic ending of the film. It fits more in line with Tom Cruise's character's arc. Instead of a bleak downer ending just for the sake of it.
staypuffed - 7/3/2014, 2:19 AM
The movie was good. I don't think it's the masterpiece a lot said it was, but it was still quite entertaining and interesting.
Bigred20 - 7/3/2014, 2:30 AM
the ending was fine they did what they had to do so finally they can "live"
charlie2094 - 7/3/2014, 2:31 AM
Think I prefer the ending they went for, better conclusion.

Film was a pleasant surprise, absolutely deserved to do better
sisko1962 - 7/3/2014, 3:11 AM
I really thought going in this movie would oh-hum but to my surprise it is well done and me and my sons enjoyed it! Tom still got some juice left in the tank before he becomes a member of Sly's guys!
HavocPrime - 7/3/2014, 3:47 AM
That is bleak and depressing as [frick], but the film was really good and it deserved more in the box office.
samster10001 - 7/3/2014, 3:57 AM
Awesome movie that hopefully will be a great stand alone and not the start of a shitty new franchise. Cruise is still one of the best actors working today despite all his personal life crap and Emily Blunt is all that and a bag of flamin hot Cheetos.
akinyele - 7/3/2014, 4:12 AM
In the manga the end is very dark too !
miklonus - 7/3/2014, 4:31 AM
How was the manga's ending again? A lot of people who read the different versions of All You Need Is Kill for the msot part, damn-near unnanimously said the movie'e ending was better.

Ashame people don't read books, and at that this movie wasn't a Marvel movie therefore the dick-riding hive mind at this website and beyond didn't notice it or care about it either way.
akinyele - 7/3/2014, 5:09 AM
In the manga, they manage to kill the alpha ( there's no omega in the manga ) but Rita try to kill Cage, she explain they're both alpha and if you want to exit the loop one of them must die, they fight and Cage won . the end
wcwpoet - 7/3/2014, 5:12 AM
Thank God that wasn't the ending! I'll say this it used to be unique or novel when the hero didn't make it to the end. But now it's become the Hollywood ending. It's no longer unique & frankly it's become grating. I loved this movie I don't know why the domestic box office wasn't that great but at least it's making dough globally
MrNiklander - 7/3/2014, 5:21 AM
Awesome movie Doug Liman needs to do a major comicbookmovie
Liverpool4life - 7/3/2014, 5:34 AM
Thank you Miklonus for bringing Marvel into this when there was no need. Disney did not stop me from paying to see this very good film. Your past commentary shows how much of a partisan you are. Go to a BvS thread if you can't stay off the hater bandwagon.
Liverpool4life - 7/3/2014, 5:36 AM
I liked the ending as is. It was needed, considering the bleak nature of the film.
Ramiel - 7/3/2014, 6:47 AM
I hated how this movie had the same ending as Oblivion. Cruise dies at the end...oh, but he doesn't.
AlphaMasterFlex - 7/3/2014, 6:55 AM
Saw the movie Tuesday it was badass and Cruise is still on a roll in my book: Ghost Protocol, Jack Reacher, Oblivion, and now Edge of Tomorrow.
gaikinger - 7/3/2014, 7:48 AM
I like to be haunted by an ending that keeps me thinking. Optimistic endings seem to be the result of focus group consensus because the hive doesn't want to think.
Rod Serling knew this.
storyteller - 7/3/2014, 7:55 AM
Yeah that's a bad ending. It has no resolution. I think some feel that if there's "everyone dies" ending then it's somehow better because it's not predictable even though people predict that just as much as happy endings.
TheDuck - 7/3/2014, 8:21 AM
Thats actually pretty interesting
DaVinci31 - 7/3/2014, 8:31 AM
The ending for this film was really disappointing. Cage's character arc would have been completed had he not been reset.
Ryguy88 - 7/3/2014, 8:49 AM
Good movie, awesome script!
SpiderFraud - 7/3/2014, 8:59 AM
The movie could have been beyond greatness, if they didn't have that lame Hollywood ending. I would have went with this one or fit in the manga one.
Facade - 7/3/2014, 9:24 AM
Good movie...I would've liked to have seen that ending on DVD.
AlphaMasterFlex - 7/3/2014, 9:28 AM
I was find with the ending before that last reset.
CyricTheMad - 7/3/2014, 10:09 AM
This is actually the 2nd best movie I've seen this year. Tom Cruise is an excellent actor, but a lot of people are sick of his personal drama in the media and/or Scientology, which he's considered the poster boy for. It really does affect his ticket sales. :( And I liked the ending. Not everything has to be dark and emo. Besides, the chosen ending still carries some fridge horror(SPOILERS AHEAD):

It's seems like it ends on a high note, what with him absorbing the omega's blood and resetting to even earlier than before (back at his first meeting with the General when he still held rank and having the aliens retroactively die and him having a chance to have a possible future with EB), but will this stronger blood leave his system so easily, if ever? What if he does live a long happy life with her, lays down in his death bed, takes his final, peaceful breath, only to wake up again in that helicopter? Will he remember a life times worth of little moments to have the same wonderful life? What if he ends up with Alzheimer's or some other degenerative disease, and he has to live through it on an infinite loop? What if SHE does? They say hell is repetition...
DCeddie - 7/3/2014, 10:28 AM
I loved this movie...the trailers and concept behind the film just made it look fantastic...I'm just blown away that it wasn't a bigger hit...it should've been...
CaptainAmerica31 - 7/3/2014, 12:58 PM
I loved the movie but can someone explain the ending? This ending wouldn't have been very fitting tbh. It would make the whole movie seem pointless to be honest
AlexanderLykins - 7/3/2014, 4:10 PM
Great ending in my opinion.
Melkaticox - 7/3/2014, 4:11 PM
@CaptainAmerica31 Cage is infected by the Omega's blood like it happened with the Alpha and he goes even further back in time, but since the Omega affects time as a whole, he died in the past, present and...well, not future, there's no future (weirdly enough, the aliens still got to earth even though they had no Omega in any timeline. Small little plot hole there).
Yadda yadda, Cage didn't lose his position, everyone was still training because military, Cruise laughs. The end.
Melkaticox - 7/3/2014, 4:14 PM
Oh, dammit...of course, since Cage was infected by the Omega's blood, he managed to go back in time while still remaining alive...which...begs the question, why didn't the Omega go back in--?

Oh god, why did I have to think about this. Now I realize the ending has a lot of plot holes...let's just say Cage created a new reality when shit happened. Everyone's happy.
Oxbow - 7/3/2014, 5:18 PM
^and I thought the plothole was that Cage was somewhere else when the Louvre exploded at the end; even with time travel you can't be in 2 places at once!

What's all this about the omega's blood giving different time-powers than the alpha's though? is that from the manga?

also, someone tell me what they mean by "over-exposition"…how else is the bitch of verdunne to teach cage how to use his powers?
sameoldthing - 7/3/2014, 6:36 PM
Edge was a cool movie. Oblivion was better but Tom is on a nice string of solid films lately.
Think what you want but Cruise is great in most stuff he does. Who cares about his private life.
We have no business knowing about that shit anyways,fvcking media & the asswipes who follow gossip need to piss off.
Alfredo27 - 7/4/2014, 4:47 AM
Thats not that bleak an ending its more like a [frick] you to the audience. Its not a deep movie having the heros lose to a rather stupid looking villain wouldnt even be rewarding to me and I love bleak endings.

Here are the rules for bleak endings.
#1. Villians have to be cool or atleast cool looking
#2. Heroes have to be kind of douche bags, or too perfect, or both.

So the movie only had #2 so it wasnt acceptable to have bleak ending.


Oblivion was better? Oblivion is one of the most boring unintresting movies I have ever seen. Hell they basically steal the end from Independence day. I hate Thor 2 alot and I think Oblivion is almost as unrewatchable. Tom Cruise and more Tom Cruise. Stupid looking drones. Boring Alien computer. No actual scenes of earth getting invaded. It sucks. F-. Edge of Tomorrow is infinitely more entertaining B-.
Donovan - 7/4/2014, 6:50 PM
...haven't read the manga, but I'm ok with the theater ending...although, i couldn't get rid off te feeling that somehow another alpha, omega, or whatever, is lurking across the space...it gets me the chills...

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