Top Gun 2, the sequel to 1980’s box office and cultural juggernaut, has been stalled on the development runway for several years now.
However, Terminator Genisys producer David Ellison, owner of Skydance Productions, has revealed that the script is being written and superstar Tom Cruise is still attached to reprise his role as Maverick.
He said: “Justin Marks [Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li] is writing the [Top Gun 2] screenplay right now. He has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the navy have turned into today.
“There is an amazing role for Maverick in the movie and there is no Top Gun without Maverick, and it is going to be Maverick playing Maverick.”
“As everyone knows with Tom (Cruise), he is 100% going to want to be in those airplanes shooting it practically.”
The original movie, directed by Tony Scott, grossed an incredible $356.8 million worldwide, from a modest $15 million budget.
The proposed Top Gun 2 suffered a set-back when British director Scott tragically took his own life in 2012.
However, star Cruise and producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Ellison remained committed to getting the project off the ground. Ellison insisted that the follow-up, which will concentrate on the impact of drone technology on modern warfare, will not be a formulaic re-hash of the original.
He said: “When you look at the world of dogfighting, what’s interesting about it is that it’s not a world that exists to the same degree as when the original movie came out. This world has not been explored.
“It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth generation fighters are really what the United States Navy is calling the last (manned) fighter that we’re actually going to produce so it’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today.”
Stay tuned for more Top Gun 2 news, including production and release dates.