Over the past few years, Hollywood studios and networks seem to have realised that when it comes to once successful films or television, there remains a strong demand for sequels and new stories. In terms of television, we’ve seen the return of long since defunct series like The X-Files, Full House and Arrested Development. In theaters, fans can soon expect to view the further exploits of Bridget Jones, Cheech and Chong and possibly the Bad Boys team of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.
One film in particular that has seen high demand for a second chapter is the 1986, Tom Cruise fronted, fighter jet classic Top Gun. Talk of a sequel had been increasing several years ago, but this abruptly came to an end with the tragic death of the film’s director, Tony Scott in 2012. Now that some time has passed however, Top Gun 2 talks are again happening, as producer Jerry Bruckheimer recently confirmed.
There isn’t a lot to go on yet, but the fact that Bruckheimer and Cruise spent a weekend discussing Top Gun 2 (see Bruckheimer’s tweet, below) is a boost of confidence for anyone who has harboured a desire to see the return of Maverick. Of course, this meeting doesn’t confirm that Cruise is on board for a sequel, but Bruckheimer has previously said that he does have an idea for a sequel which would marry old with new – that is, fighter pilots of yesterday with the drone operators of today.
For his part, Cruise seems to always have been open to the possibility, with one exception: no CGI fighter jets. True to his reputation for wanting to bring touches of (sometimes life threatening) realism to every film he does, Cruise was quoted this past summer on what a Top Gun sequel must not have in order for him to be involved:
‘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.’
Fair play to Cruise – CGI fighter jets, despite being far more cost effective now than they were back in 1986, would certainly not do a Top Gun sequel any favours. The idea of basing a film around the concept of drone operation doesn’t exactly sound like it would make for exhilarating onscreen action either, but if or when Tom Cruise is satisfied with a Top Gun 2 story, there’s every chance it will be filled to the brim with full throttle stunts and action. Hopefully we’ll be hearing more about this very soon.
Screen Rant will bring you more information on Top Gun 2 as it becomes available.
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