Yep, the sequel/follow-up to Top Gun is still happening. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who were jointly responsible for one of the middle drafts of X-Men: First Class, are in talks to write Top Gun 2 (or whatever it will eventually be called) for Paramount and David Ellison’s Skydance Productions. Read More »
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Even as a kid, two films I never thought I’d see sequels to were Top Gun and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Both Eighties hits certainly could have continued with their storylines but there wasn’t a need because each wrapped up in a cohesive and satisfying way. In fact, if it wasn’t for each film working so well, neither would have reached the “New Classic” status they currently enjoy. But of course, in today’s no-new-idea Hollywood, each film is getting sequelized over twenty years after release and the only thing fans can hang their hat on is that the original filmmakers – Tony Scott and Robert Zemeckis – are part of the process. Both recently spoke about the very latest on each film and when you get to hear from the big men themselves, it’s worth listening. We’ve got the updates after the break. Read More »
Briefly: This is just a quick update on the developing Top Gun sequel, but it is an interesting one in that you’ve got to wonder how it might affect the story as it goes through the studio mill. Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, Wolverine 2) is being targeted to write Top Gun 2, and has written to Vulture to counter reports that Tom Cruise would have a reduced role in the film.
“There is no Top Gun 2 in which Maverick is not the starring role.” Now, he said ‘Maverick’ and not ‘Tom Cruise,’ so theorize around that if you want. But in light of the fact that director Tony Scott‘s recent comments suggest that he’s interested in a film about younger pilots and drone operators, how does Tom Cruise’s character Maverick fit in as the star? Let’s hope there’s not a new, younger, Maverick, which would get back to the whole silly idea of Cruise passing the torch to a different actor.
Recently when we heard that Paramount was looking to woo Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott back to the studio to make a sequel to the 1986 blockbuster Top Gun I cast aspersions upon the idea that Tony Scott might actually direct a sequel. But I was wrong — Tony Scott said this weekend that he is, in fact, interested in doing Top Gun 2, and that he’s on board for the sequel. It won’t be his next film, but it could happen not too far down the road. Mr. Scott’s comments about what might draw him back to the fold are after the break. Read More »
Tony Scott has a mile-high stack of projects on his plate and seems about as interested in talking Top Gun as Fred Phelps is in reasonable discourse, but that might not stop Paramount from trying to light a fire under him to make Top Gun 2. Word now is that, after years of rumors that would (hopefully) put Tom Cruise back in the cockpit, Paramount is pitching Jerry Bruckheimer, Tony Scott and Tom Cruise on the sequel. Quick, before the ’80s nostalgia wave becomes a ’90s nostalgia wave! Otherwise they’ll have to sequelize Days of Thunder instead. Read More »
Across the Atlantic, The Sun—a tabloid that our commenters loudly detest—has decided to blow on the sails of the Internet and report that Top Gun 2 is in the works. Apparently, a script-outline is out to Tom Cruise and if he approves by recreating the image above, get ready to rock like it’s 1986.
As we witnessed with Crystall Skull, revisiting the ’80s can conjure spilling a bunch of pills on a bathroom floor, but I think this would be a really smart move for Cruise. If this guy was a Transformer, he’d still be a fighter jet. (Slashfilm Statements Hall of Shame). Moreover, Mission: Impossible is beat. Cruise will never play up the “team” aspect required to make that franchise work/make sense. He’s too big and too perfect a star. Valkyrie? Edwin A. Salt. Stop with the reconnaissance. Next month, his work in Tropic Thunder will be crowdsurfed across the globe and have the press blah blahing about the direction his career should go (Answer: if you listen to me, up). Until then, let us grab a milkcrate: the two highlights of his recent career are 1) his website, seriously, Neo-Tokyo, eat your heart out and 2) the scene where he talks shit and tosses around a baseball in War of the Worlds before the aliens make a thunder storm.
Tom Cruise, upside down, screaming in an airplane, killin’ it or chasin’ ‘tang: that is what we (and our world of wars) want to see. I want American flags flowing under the credits. And Val Kilmer might be too old to play Diamond Dave in The Dirt, but The Iceman can be chunky. He needs to be there. Tony Scott? Sure. Bring it. Top Gun 2, we’re throwing a couple pennies in the wishing well for this…
“The idea is Maverick is at the Top Gun school as an instructor — and this time it is he who has to deal with a cocky new female pilot.”
Discuss: Feel the heat. Somebody give him $200 million. Ebert, he’s going to borrow your thumbs. We’re there. Wow, only 2 comments. It’s a party.
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