Tom Cruise Willing to Return for ‘Top Gun 2′

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

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It has been 24 years since Top Gun was in theaters, where it made nearly $400 million—an insane amount of box office money for 1986. In the time since, it has spawned countless knockoffs and even a shot-for-shot remake in the form of Days of Thunder (sarcasm).

As recently as June, Jerry Bruckheimer talked about the possibility of a Top Gun 2, despite the decades that would separate the original and its sequel, but claimed that nothing was concrete. Now, according to Vulture, Paramount is moving forward with the project, and Maverick, played by Tom Cruise, will have a small role.

Apparently, Paramount has made offers to both Tony Scott and Jerry Bruckheimer, the original film’s director and producer, and wants Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2) to write the script. Tom Cruise has agreed to join the cast so long as the “small role” isn’t something stupid—say, an old man flight instructor, a la Tom Skerritt as Viper? Because yes, that would be really stupid.

Frankly, I can’t imagine wanting to watch a Top Gun movie guest-starring Maverick as the father of the film’s protagonist, Maverick Jr., or whatever silly concept they concoct to briefly shoehorn the character into the story. Is Tom Cruise so busy with Mission: Impossible 4 that he can’t take the lead in Top Gun 2, or is this just one of those studio-backed “next generation” deals where Hollywood’s hottest young stars take over for the stars of yesteryear?

If it were up to me, Top Gun 2 would be a movie about an aging, drunken Maverick as a washed up airline pilot with a myriad of illegitimate children all across the planet whose lives he’s mostly absent from until he gets kidney cancer (on both sides!) and needs a transplant to survive. So basically it’d be a lighthearted comedy.

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This movie writes itself

What’s your opinion? Would you be satisfied with a Top Gun sequel starring younger, hipper, topper guns—Shia LaBeouf, Seth Rogen, Michael Cera, and the like? Or would you prefer to see the original Maverick being the toppest gun there ever was alongside Val Kilmer as Iceman and Anthony Edwards as Goose’s ghost?

Tom Cruise is currently shooting Mission: Impossible 4 with Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) and Josh Halloway (Lost); the film is set to hit theaters in December of 2011. Jerry Bruckheimer is currently shooting Pirates of the Caribbean 4 with Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz, Tom’s ex-girlfriend, set to be released in May of 2011 (with a trailer coming this December attached to Tron: Legacy). Stay tuned for more Top Gun 2 news as it develops.

Source: Vulture

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  1. Not a big Tom Cruise fan, although I liked Top Gun. Personally I prefer not seeing it at all. Just me.

  2. 24 years? Are you kidding me?!?!

    Ben I love your plot idea. Anything that keeps Maverick and Iceman as the stars is fine by me. Maybe Charlie could come out of the closet like her actress counterpart… Or Iceman is the instructor but he himself can’t fit into a cockpit.

    I can’t stand the thought that “younger” actors would be taking over. Plus, Val Kilmer is just riding a little comeback from “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.” He needs to act right now.

    • Thanks, Jessie! By the way, I read your blog and noticed you’re living in Ankeny–I’m actually originally from Iowa myself. Good to see a fellow Iowan.

      • Ben: Our world is an English village. :)

  3. Mommy make the bad man go away..

    “Oh hell yes this will make our studio a ton of money next year, we’ll
    just need a Delorean so the screening can premiere in ’86″..”wait maybe…maybe we can work in that
    little alien guy with the long neck and that finger”..”this is soo cool, the action will be digital 3D so Grandpa Mavie will fly right into the audience”

    Jeez I sure hope they have Cruise alongside Travolta in a Stealth Bomber cause that would be
    great, what’s Arnold doing after this November?

    • Expendables 2. This time not a cameo but a full on ah-nold comeback

      • oh no; “I’ll told you I’d be back”.. :) really..hmm, and Willis is still lined up as the villain?

  4. We really don’t need a sequel. plus after 24 years…

  5. I wonder how much gay subtext they will ram into the sequel?

    • key word being “ram”? DSB? it would be kinda fun to see him in the Tom Skerrit intructor type role in a sequel.

      • Yes that was the word I eventually settled upon.
        However, I’d still like to see this, Top Gun is still a great flick.

        • its one of TWO movies he’s in that i can handle…the other one, the movie was flat out stolen from him by a certain terrific japanese actor.

  6. It may involve ancient alien masters and theta waves.

    Ticket prices will depend on your “level” and will need to be paid to the person who previously saw it.

    What?! I’m just sayin’…

  7. Okay, I don’t care about anything you wrote in this article OTHER than your scenario for how you would do Top Gun 2. I’m thinking you should write this screenplay and try to sell it? Yeah?

  8. Isn’t there some distant planet we can send this guy to? Like zornack or something. Or i’ve got an idea, let’s tell him we can cryogenicaly freeze him and in 100 years un freeze him and he will be like a god….then throw him in the laurentian abyss.

    • We could freeze him in a very small block of carbonite.

      • I like it. Then we could sell him to jaba in a galaxy far far away

        • why dont we just give him the wonderful treatment that Joe Pesci received in Casino

          • Cause then mother earth would be stained with the vile blood of him!!

            • im officially done with this thread lol.

            • And that would make skeletons rise up from the earth!!!

  9. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  10. terrible idea, topgun should be an untouchable film. However they will probably do it and in 3d. They should pick up the film where maverick is running miramar and the entire flight training programme, maverick has his reservations about training pilots for the current conflict in afghanistan but does it still, because he´s just that good. Then finds out goose´s kid from the first film is now part of a medical evac team has been shot down in combat, and maverick needs to come out of retirement to go save the day.

    • Wow, that’s actually not that horrible.

      • Really? Are the Taliban going to be piloting fighter jets, or are the Top Gun jets going to be targeting tiny humans?

    • when I was in the army I still had officers and sergeants that were in grenada wich was 1983. those soldiers were higher ranked enlisted and officers, but usually not too high.the way I see it is Mav flew missions in panama, the persian gulf, Bosnia and when he made it to light bird after bosnia he took over as xo of top gun. when Afghanistan broke out he begs for combat but gets a promotion to full bird and continues to train other fighters while he misses out on the begining of Afghanistan.Meanwhile Iceman resighned his comission from the navy for non reported Ptsd issues after he was shot down in the gulf war and rescued by PJ,s . Iceman then crawls into a bottle in some dirt mexican villiage untill september 11.By then Maveric is in chare of top gun yet keeps getting repremanded for requesting combat duty. Mavs Admiral james shaft the III (played by sam elliot tells him he’ll have to drop to major if he wants combat duty. Maveric of course agrees but he needs one more thing…… A wing man. Ice man has come back from mexico and uses his ties to mav to get back into shape and ready to master the new jets but he has to train. utilizeing the classic rocky style montage Mav slowly but surely helps Ice kick the booze, deal with his phobia of flying, get back into shape untill he finally turns him into his wingmans gunner. when the brass sees how serious Mav is about going back to combat not only do they give him his rank back, but they make him commander of as of 15 fighters off the Iraqi coast for the 03 invasion.Mav pulls some strings to get Iceman and two of his most highly trained top gun graduates to be the duo’s co pilot and for Iceman pilot. the two young hot shots pilots are Ardvark played by matt damon who is with mav, and Crazy horse played by that native american actor from wind talkers and he also played Ira hayes in flags of our fathers, he is actually the pilot for Iceman because Iceman is aprehensive about returnig to the gulf. the four pilots become fast friends and the best pilots they have ever been.when the war kicks off Iceman is a captain and so is that indian guy, Mav is the squadron commander and Ardvark is the best gunner in the squadron.Crazy horse is a real hot shot he and Arvark shot down all three jets the taliban had in 02, so both our heroes should be in good hands . but as the war strts kicking off things go wrong Mavs squdron is spread thin covering the 173rd airborne and the special forces group with them in the north with just 12 jets. crazy horse and Iceman are Mavs wingman. mavs 12 fighters take out numerouse ground elemnts but very few jets, Mavs team begins to run low on fuel so he sends ten jets back to refuel and get more ammo while he and crazyhorse detour to provide airsupport for a downed black hawk.when they get to the chopper provide security and wait for the very elite air force Para rescue Jumpers team, lead by the infamouse, yet heroic Major Nash Condor played by none other than kurt russle, with four other men ,rick sledge played by edward burns,ringo davis played by josh hartnet,Hunter donovan played by ed norton and Conors second in command cpt Frank silvercrest, played by none other than Bruce willis. The rescue team is late for the extraction so mav and crazy horse are sitting ducks for the fifteen fighter jets hidingin hidden bunkers untill the bombing subsided.ann epic battle insues as ground forces start to close in on the black hawk as well.Crazy horse gets the first kill then mav gets the next three, about five minutes pass and still no extraction team. Crazy horse flys in low over an Iraqi apc and infatry positon that overlooked the down crew and had a supurior advantage on them and ice man drops two 500 pounders on em. but as they pull up they notice that mav left their wing, after doin a 360 scan Iceman spots Mavs jet with smoke coming from the right turbine. and to make things worse crazy horse catches a stray bullit to the forhead while trying to pull up to help mav. Iceman takes a deep breath faces his fears and takes control of the jet shooting down two bogies on mavs tail.the two jets reform ther attack formation and shoot down one more before the Iraqis flee. Mav can fly his jet with only one engine, but condors team is way too late and the three surviving pilots have to eject.
      Mav lands about a mile away from Iceman and breaks his leg. by this time it is getting very dark so Iceman places on his nightvision links up with mav and helps walk toward the wreckage. /meanwhile condor is for minutes out and roling in hot with fast movers, two apaches gun ships, a med evac black hawk and a two little birds for his team and himself. Iceman is armed with an m9 a short wave radio and a dagger gps with the downed wreckage quardenents pluged in. creeping slowly Ice and mav here screaming in the distance that sounds like Ardvarc. Iceman tells Mav to wait at the bottomof a dunne as he low crawls to get eyes on the situation like they taught him in sears school. When Iceman reaches the top of the dune an Iraqi officer executes Ardvark with a pistol.Iceman is so furious that he wants to charge all 16 Iraqi grunts with his side arm. but instead he shoots an athsmyth gets a ten digit grid crawls back down the hill and radios in an airstrike on the enemy positon. Mav and Ice dont wait long as the night erupts with hell fire missles because the cavalry has arrived. captain silvercrest lands his little bird a Click away from Ice and Mav who are illuminating their position with infrared glow sticks, silverCrest and donovon dress mav,s wound and bring him to the little bird where they send him away. Iceman volunteers to help link up with the wreckage since he isnt inured. Donovon hands Iceman a mp5 sd with an eotech site on it , and the three of them sneak their way passed at least two companys of republican guard Iraqis.Meanwhile Condor and Davis meet up with the downed chopper crew, one of the pilots and the gunner are kia. the medic and the co pilot have been holing the enemy off with a 240 and an m16 but the third member of the crew is out cold. As condor places the men in a fihgtin positon he has Davis call in close air support on a ridge to the north that they are reciveng rpgs and mortors from. Iceman silvercrest and donovan radio condor to give a heads up that they are aproaching the wreckage. when condor has accountabillity of all the survivers he calls in fast movers and apaches to soften up the enemy so the med evac can land. after an hour or so long firefight Condor and silvercrest load all of the dead and wounded onto the Medevac. the med evac is full so Iceman straps onto a litte bird with silvercrest and they take off into the Irqi night under heavy fire, Iceman is hit once in the shoulder before the fast movers blanket the whole grid square with shake and bake aspecially the wreckage. Mav and Iceman meet up on a med ship in the gulf, Iceman is awrded the distingueshd service cross and purple heartand Mav gets the silverstar and a purple heart. The chopper crew thank Ice an mav aswell as the rescue team, and vise versa. Maveric looks up a Iceman with tears in his eys and says ” you can be my wing man anytime” and the movie ends to the same top gun music throughout the movie. now this would be the perfect top gun two because it has everything comraderie loyalty patriatism redemption, and the older pilots still show that they got it, this would be a hit, no one take this idea because you know it sounds much more awsome than just have no iceman and mav doin some pog job, lol

  11. I wonder how many times the girls ear rings will change in the elevator in his one :P

  12. Well, you’re gonna hate me for this, but…..”Top Gun 2: Cruise Control”. Right? Riiiiiiight? Oh, wait…

  13. I think that they should have Goose’s son coming back to face the man he feels is responsible for his dad’s death…..Maverick. He doesn’t buy the jet wash excuse, even though it is truly what happened. He comes in with an attitude and something to prove…..say Chad Michael Murray….he is a dead ringer for what we would think Goose’s son would grow up to be like and look like….he’s got the edge for it.

  14. If the original Top Gun was a bit of a flop and did not cast huge stars like Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer I could understand the logic of replacing them with younger, hipper stars.

    But why not both? Young hip stars + Cruise and Kilmer?

    What made the original movie great was the chemistry between Mavrick and Goose and the competition from Iceman. It’s a rock n roll sports movie so the sequel must follow that same format and I think it would be pointless to make this film without Cruise and Kilmer.

    Another thing that is well known for this movie was the soundtrack. How can you make another great Top Gun movie without something along the lines of Danger Zone? Impossible!!

  15. This is a wonderful idea. Good Job Paramount! I must say that Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer are a vital part of the film because they are Top Gun!!!! I wouldnt want to see it if those two arent in the movie! i cannot wait to see the movie and VAL AND TOM MUST BE THE STARS OF THE MOVIE! ANYONE ELSE WOULD RUIN THE PONT OF A SEQUEL !!!

  16. Keep Cruise and Kilmer at least. Keep as much of the original cast as possible.This is a sequel to a hit movie, too many new faces is going to turn this from what could be a smash hit sequel into a dud.

  17. ben tom cruise yi çok seviyorum filmleride ço çok güzel keşke hep izlesem bida yayınlasalar televizyona daha güzel olur ya ni seni seviyorum tom cruise.

  18. For the new Maverick-like protagonist, I envision some foreigner tackling the role, specifically a Japanese actor whose speaking voice will be dubbed by a well-known voice actor. My pick: Jyoji “Shibby” Shibue, Justin Nozuka, or Shun “Guri” Oguri with Yuri Lowenthal for voice dub; the character – a Japanese-American Navy fighter pilot named Kotaro “Buckaroo Banzai” Tsurugi, aerial combat hero of Operation Iraqi Freedom, TOPGUN graduate, rock and roller, intellectual, and graphic artist at heart.

    But, what would be a spinoff of “Top Gun” without the hot chick that serves as the hero’s lady love? No problem. I have a few actresses in mind: Natalie Portman, Ellen Page, or Anne Hathaway. The character: Katherine “WildKat” Wheeler, one of Kotaro’s closest squadronmates during the 2nd Iraq war, female naval officer qualified as both pilot and NFO who is also a TOPGUN graduate, avid physicist and artist.

    The plot: It is the year 2007 (ALTERNATE UNIVERSE!). One year has passed since Saddam Hussein was overthrown from his dictatorial rule of Iraq. Now, the Americans have turned their attention towards North Korea, a communist country in the Far East that is willing to invade its southern neighbors South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan at any given moment. To get ready for a possible threat of invasion of southern Asia, the American military mobilizes its forward-deployed Pacific forces, which includes the Navy’s best strike fighter squadron, the “Fighting Regents,” to participate in a bilateral aerial combat exercise called “Noble Dragon” with the Japanese, Taiwanese, and South Korean air force pilots in a remote air base in Southern Japan. Among the pilots in the “Regents” squadron is a man named Kotaro Tsurugi, callsign “Banzai,” a young naval aviator who shot down 3 renegade Iraqi fighter pilots during the 2nd Gulf War and flew as a TOPGUN adversary tactics trainer after the conflict. Upon news of his squadron being invited to participate in “Noble Dragon,” Kotaro is then assigned to lead the squadron as he returns to his homeland for a short while and participates in the combat exercise, which hosted by a fighter wing of the Japanese Air Defense Force in Tsuiki Air Base.

    • Many of us could watch the original again & again.A 2nd movie would be great as long as main actors Tom & Val still remained and importantly maintained their competitive spirit with Tom winning in the end again of course :).Perhaps 1 new young hotshot actor in memory of Goose wouldnt hurt but it would be fantastic if much of the old crew remained.Keep the soft porn coming for the ladies.Continue the same music theme.Maybe this time Tom could secretly marry Charlie.Perhaps Val could also have a summer romance with another female.If it truelly does go ahead well need a few more fatalities with Tom and Val the last ones standing to help bring the trophy home.Topgun2 will be a long time coming