The latest on the long-gestating Top Gun 2.
By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
Hollywood studios been relying on an increasing number of established franchises and intellectual properties over the years, and they have varied degrees of success. These range from rebooting old films to properties that have never had a live action version.
One of the current trends is not to reboot older films, but to create a new sequel long after the last film had premiered. Tron: Legacy, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps are just a few examples off the top of my head.
Another long gestating sequel has been Top Gun 2, which was shelved after the original director Tony Scott tragically took his own life in 2012. A few days before he passed away, he had been scouting locations with star Tom Cruise at a naval air station in Fallon, Nevada.
Ever since then, news has been pretty light on the proposed sequel. However, producer Jerry Bruckheimer just tweeted the following, which I think is the first real indication that film is moving forward. Here’s what he wrote:
— JERRY BRUCKHEIMER (@BRUCKHEIMERJB) January 26, 2016
There have been hints at production slowly coming together before this, as a few months ago Val Kilmer announced that he’d been asked to reprise the role of “Iceman.” He later backed away somewhat, telling Entertainment Weekly that:
“This has been talked about for a long, long time, and being offered a role is very different from doing a role. I jumped the gun with my post. I jumped the topgun… An innocent mistake. It was just such a wonderful phone call with my agent… “
“The concept is, basically, are the pilots obsolete because of drones? Cruise is going to show them that they’re not obsolete. They’re here to stay. It’s just getting to the starting place. Fortunately for Tom, he’s very busy, so you have to find a slot he can fit into and get a budget that Paramount feels they can make the picture.”
Cruise seems to be very keen on reprising his role as “Maverick,” but he told the Daily Mail that he has one condition for his return:
“I’d like to fly those jets again. But we’ve got to do all the jets practical. No CGI on the jets. I remember when I did the first one, I said ‘Look, in my contract I had to have three flights in the F-14.’ And it had to be in the film, a shot from that. So we had to film it. And luckily they wanted me bad enough to do it, so I was able to do that. I’m saying right now – no CGI on the jets.’”
That continues another current trend in Hollywood: The return to practical effects. To be honest all I care about is whether the original Top Gun musical themes will return in all of their 1980s synth and guitar goodness. “Highway to the danger zone!”
Stay tuned for more Top Gun 2 news!