Its been over a year since producer Jerry Bruckheimer gave an update on a sequel for Top Gun. In 30 years, there have been numerous failed attempts at making a sequel, with both Bruckheimer and the late producer Don Simpson (Beverly Hills Cop) struggling to find a viable story.
At one point Tom Cruise made an attempt, but the development again went nowhere. Then tragic death of director Tony Scott (of the first film) seem to doom the project, however, Scott and Cruise were able to come up with a concept for the sequel involving pilots being obsolete because of drones.
Now, we have further updates on the progress of Top Gun 2 from Skydance CEO David Ellison and CCO Dana Goldberg, including the extent of Cruise’s role as Maverick, and the advantage of incorporating the use of real time.
Justin Marks is writing the screenplay right now. He has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy has turned into today. There is an amazing role for Maverick in the movie and there is no Top Gun without Maverick, and it is going to be Maverick playing Maverick. It is I don’t think what people are going to expect, and we are very, very hopeful that we get to make the movie very soon. But like all things, it all comes down to the script, and Justin is writing as we speak.
I think this is a movie that should be in 3-D and in IMAX, and again something that you can shoot practically. As everyone knows with Tom, he is 100% going to want to be in those airplanes shooting it practically. When you look at the world of dogfighting, what’s interesting about it is that it’s not a world that exists to the same degree when the original movie came out. This world has not been explored. It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth generation fighters are really what the United States Navy is calling the last man-made fighter that we’re actually going to produce so it’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today are all fun things that we’re gonna get to dive into in this movie.
So initially, Cruise’s role was meant to be small as a respected flight instructor. The comments above don’t explain the change, but it might have something to do with Cruise proving to still be a viable action star at his age.
I’m all for Marverick leading by example in the sky, rather than in the classroom or command center. Proving to the young men that he’s still dangerous.
The idea of exploring today’s Navy pilots and how Maverick, who’s prime was during the days of dogfighting and fighter pilots flying fast and dangerous, handles today’s Navy with the use of drones. I’m also a supporter of this film being shot in IMAX and 3-D, for all the aerial combat sequences and close up shots of fighter jets readying for take off. I am a bit nervous at Justin Marks writing the screenplay after watching Street Figther: The Legend of Chun Li, and without Tony Scott someone will have to step in to direct.
Top Gun 2 still has a ways to go, but it finally looks like momentum is on their side.