Expect 'Top Gun 2' Before The Next 'Mission: Impossible,' Says Paramount President

Paramount has quite a few sequel projects in the works of late, with Star Trek 2 in the finishing stages and plans for a Top Gun sequel, a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, and Transformers 4. We talked about the plan for that last film earlier today, but the same interview that gave up info about T4 also provides updates on a couple other paramount projects.

In short, while Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was a tremendous success, don't expect it to generate another sequel in extra-fast fashion. The M:I series has a pattern of going dormant for some time between films, and that looks like it will be the case nice again. But paramount wants to keep things going with Tom Cruise, and we can now expect to see Top Gun 2 before Mission: Impossible 5.

Speaking to THR, Paramount film group president Adam Goodman was asked about the continuation of Mission: Impossible, and he said,

We'll likely make a Top Gun sequel with Tom Cruise first. Jerry Bruckheimer would produce, with Tony Scott returning to direct. All parties are moving ahead. We've hired Peter Craig to write the script.

We've known about Craig's involvement, but that confirmation of Tony Scott as director is new. We known that Scott would at least produce the sequel, and he has talked about directing, but this is a more firm confirmation of his involvement as director.

Meanwhile, Goodman was also asked about the new Jack Ryan film, which has hit some speed bumps despite firmly attaching Chris Pine to play the lead character. Good assays that one is on track, however, and we might see it next year.

We have a great script that David Koepp and Adam Cozad worked on. We're going to shoot the movie after Star Trek. I think the idea is to try and get it for 2013.