Top Gun 2

Since a sequel to Top Gun has been in development for years, we won’t really believe it’s happening until the cameras are rolling. But for now, with director Joseph Kosinski set to direct the film with a July 2019 release date, this is the closest Top Gun 2 has ever been to becoming a reality.

Recently, there has been some concern from Paramount Pictures as to whether or not production on Top Gun: Maverick would be able to begin on time. But thanks to some recent remarks from producer Jerry Bruckheimer, it sounds like the sequel won’t be delayed, and there’s a new writer working on the script. Find out more about estimated production start and the new Top Gun 2 writer below. Read More »

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(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, a video essay explains how the release of Top Gun on VHS ended up saving the home video industry. Plus, another video essay takes a look at how Zack Snyder‘s remake of Dawn of the Dead has all of the trademarks we’ve come to expect from the filmmaker, and singer Natasha Bedingfield gives Strangers Things the cheesy theme song it deserves. Read More »

/Answers: The Most American Movies

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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “What is the most American movie?” Each writer was allowed to interpret that question any way they pleased. As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team.

/Film is experimenting with a daily podcast (you can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast and rss). On today’s podcast we are bringing you an audio version of /Answers: The Most American Movies. Subscribe now or listen below to hear us talk about the most American movies of all time!

If you’d like to share your pick for the most American movie, please send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our choices below!

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Top Gun 2 Title

Last week, we were surprised to learn that Top Gun 2 was no longer just a flight of fancy that Tom Cruise would occasionally comment on. The actor has been making the publicity rounds for The Mummy (opening next week), and with the big news regarding the Top Gun sequel surfacing last week, he’s being inundated with questions about what fans can expect from the long-awaited follow-up to the original 1986 film. Thankfully, he provided some helpful details, including the sequel’s title.

Find out the Top Gun 2 title after the jump, along with what fans can expect from the new movie below. Read More »

top gun 2 val kilmer

Top Gun is coming back to theaters with a sequel, which means the return of Tom Cruise as Maverick, the (hopeful) return of latent homoeroticism, and maybe the return of Val Kilmer‘s Iceman. At least, Kilmer says he’s ready to reprise his role for Top Gun 2.

The sequel to 1986’s Top Gun was re-confirmed by Cruise earlier this week, and while a cast and director have not yet been announced, Cruise has said that he’ll begin filming “sometime next year.” So with details for Top Gun 2 in the dark, Kilmer took to social media to make his appeal for Iceman’s return to Cruise.

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The Best Movies Leaving Netflix in December 2016

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With Thanksgiving this week, we’re heading into a one-month period where we’ll be spending a lot of time with friends and family at various holiday parties and gatherings. So before you get super busy with all your holiday feasting and fun, you might want to take advantage of some of the movies leaving Netflix in December 2016 before they’re gone. Honestly, there’s only a handful of titles that you’ll be sad are leaving, and you can find out which ones they are after they jump. Read More »

Val Kilmer joining Top Gun 2

A sequel to the fighter jet action thriller Top Gun has been gestating for years, but the project hit a snag a few years ago when director Tony Scott tragically passed away. But when Jerry Bruckheimer struck a new deal at Paramount Pictures, Top Gun 2 was part of the deal, and last year Justin Marks was hired to write the script.

Now it seems like the project is moving along as Val Kilmer took to Facebook last night to reveal that he’s been offered the chance to reprise his role as Iceman in the sequel, and he quickly accepted. Read More »

Skydance interview

You probably don’t know Skydance Productions yet, but you probably should. The company is making a major play to become the next Legendary Pictures or Marvel Entertainment, and they already are making the next installments of a number of major franchises on both the big and small screens. Their portfoilo of brands include Terminator, Star Trek, Mission Impossible, World War Z, Jack Reacher, Top Gun, GI Joe and much more.

When I was in Berlin Germany this past week to cover the Terminator Genisys premiere, I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Skydance Productions CEO David Ellison and Chief Creative Officer Dana Goldberg to talk about their company and what they are planning for the future. This extensive roundtable interview was conducted over the course of an hour alongside three of my colleagues. Over the course of the interview we talked about a number of topics, including:

  • How Skydance Productions came about
  • Why they decided to plan a trilogy of new Terminator films before the release of Terminator Genisys
  • How will the planned new Terminator tv series connect with the new films, will it be cable or network show?
  • Terminator Genisys: Did they ever consider brining back Edward Furlong as John Connor? How did they recreate young Arnold Schwarzenegger? CG vs. Practicle effects in the new film
  • What kind of television series are they developing?
  • What will the Three Days of the Condor tv series be about?
  • Steve Jobs was Ellison’s personal mentor since childhood, find out how Jobs and Pixar influenced the creation of Skydance.
  • Star Trek 3: Is the movie going to be titled Star Trek Beyond? When does shooting start and where are they filming? What is director Justin Lin and screenwriter Simon Pegg bringing to the sequel?
  • Will they be producing a new Star Trek tv series? What is preventing a new show from happening?
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation: The film test screened even higher than Ghost Protocol. How do get insurance for Tom Cruise‘s crazy stunts? How did changing the release date impact getting that movie to the screen? Did Star Wars: Rogue One cause any title drama? Was any of the movie filmed in IMAX?
  • Top Gun 2: David Ellison’s history flying aerobatics, What is the sequel about? Will Tom Cruise be in the new film? How will modern technology and 3D change the dogfights?
  • Rebecca Ferguson will be a breakout star in MI5 and Skydance is already considering her for another one of their films
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back: What will the sequel be about?
  • How did James Cameron see Terminator Genisys? Was he paid for his endorsement in any way?
  • And some brief words on World War Z 2.

All this and more, after the jump.

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Video: Why You’re Wrong About ‘Top Gun’

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Maverick was a phony.

So says Amy Nicholson in our latest video essay collaboration about Top Gun (See our previous discussion of Synecdoche, New YorkPart 1 and Part 2). Nicholson, who’s recently published an enjoyable and insightful biography of Tom Cruise, believes that Maverick wasn’t actually a tough guy – he was just a scared kid playing a tough guy.

Hit the jump to check out the Why You’re Wrong About Top Gun video essay and see if you’re convinced.
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Top Gun 550

The highway to the danger zone is now paved with shiny foil posters. Odd City Entertainment announced that they’ve teamed with Paramount Pictures to make an officially licensed poster for Tony Scott‘s iconic action film, Top Gun. Popular artist Gabz did the work, which visualizes some of the film’s awesome F-14 dogfights on holographic foil paper.

Top Gun by Gabz will be on sale Monday December 15. For more info on the Top Gun poster, on-sale details and more, click below. Read More »