Do you feel the need? The need for speed? Well if you do, then you might be excited to learn that Hollywood is still tinkering with the idea of a sequel to the Tom Cruise classic Top Gun.
Recently, Jerry Bruckheimer discussed the possibility of Top Gun 2, confirming there have been talks of making a sequel to the 1986 blockbuster film for years.
Speaking with MTV, Bruckheimer had this to say:
“We tried to develop [a sequel] and we couldn’t do it…And then Tom took it over and he tried to develop something and it never quite happened. We were recently approached again to start talking about it but, you know, nothing yet.”
Bruckheimer went on to explain how the most recent talks have focused on incorporating Tom Cruise’s character, Maverick, into the modern world of Naval aviation.
“We kicked around some ideas because the aviation community has completely changed since we made the movie a long time ago. So we have to find a way in and how to incorporate the Maverick character into it.”
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumor of a possible Top Gun sequel. Almost two years ago, UK newspaper the Sun (admittedly not the most reliable source on the subject) floated a story about a Top Gun 2 plot, saying, “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.”
Check out Bruckheimer’s remarks for yourself in the video below.
After his latest film, Knight and Day, premiered to a lower than expected box office, I could see why Tom Cruise might want to revisit one of the major high points in his career (especially considering the fact that Paramount was using Knight and Day‘s success as a measuring stick for a Mission: Impossible IV budget).
Nevertheless, I’m not sure a Top Gun sequel is the best idea. It’s been almost 25 years since the original movie was made. That represents a whole generation of adults who were born after the movie came out. Plus, a sequel to Top Gun wouldn’t be the same as a sequel to other 80s classics like Indiana Jones or Die Hard - since both of those films were part of already established franchises.
“Don’t tell me I can’t open a movie!”
If they do end up moving forward with Top Gun 2, it is important that they do more than simply appeal to our 80s nostalgia. The film has to be smart, entertaining, and well-written. Oh, and if possible, it would be great to see actual jets – not just CGI. Maybe the Air Force would be cool with loaning a few F-22 Raptors?
Even though Knight and Day was underwhelming, that doesn’t mean Tom Cruise is no longer a bankable actor and it certainly doesn’t mean he has to run back to his glory days just yet. He may be past his action movie prime, but come on, he’s still only 47 years old. If Cruise could win our hearts by playing a character as ludicrous as Les Grossman, no one should be very quick to write the actor off entirely.
Obviously Bruckheimer didn’t say anything is actually happening just yet, but what do you think? Would you return to the theater for Top Gun 2? What would you like to see happen in the film?