When it comes to true American classics, very few will argue against Tom Gun. The Tony Scott film may not have been a hit with critics or audiences at the time of its release, but since then, it’s become a film that nobody can look away from. Starring Tom Cruise, the film focuses on a class of American pilots who go head-to-head to be the best that ever did do it, with the underlying story being that Cruise’s Maverick must realize the greatness that lives within to not just get over, but overcome the death of his father, best friend and co-pilot, and teachers that continue to think he just doesn’t have what it takes.
A sequel to the 1986 film would’ve made sense just a few years after, even a decade. And even though it probably wasn’t their intended plan, it only take them a few decades to actually get the ball rolling, with Top Gun: Maverick officially being announced. Top Gun: Maverick will once again star Cruise, but rather this time in the mentor role, as he must not only deal with a new batch of recruits to the program, but the new drone technology that has made his way of flying obsolete.
The sequel currently has no director, but Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy, Oblivion) has been the frontrunner from the beginning, with him continuing to be rumored as the current director. No other stars have been announced as of yet, but its thought that Val Kilmer will make a return as Iceman, possibly leaving Cruise with more than just new recruits and a new technology to worry about.
If Paramount is hoping this film will be a massive summer hit, then the release clearly indicates hope for it. While the original wasn’t a huge hit, especially by Cruise’s standards, the sequel has great potential because of the following the first film has created over the years. As for myself, I’m stoked. Top Gun is one of my all-time favorites, and while I don’t necessarily need a sequel, I’m all kinds of excited to see Maverick not just play that mentor role, but get behind one of the fastest vehicles on earth. Top Gun: Maverick is set to hit airways on July 12th, 2019.