‘Top Gun 2′ Details from Jerry Bruckheimer Tease Maverick vs. Drones Story

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 15th, 2014 at 2:37 pm,

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Sequels to famous 1980s titles like The Goonies, Beetlejuice, and Top Gun have been rumored many times over the years since the original films released by now, yet of late Hollywood’s fixation on nostalgia for that decade has signaled that one or more of these belated followups may, at long last, actually get made. Case in point: just a week ago, reports emerged that Warner Bros. is currently fast-tracking Goonies 2, while a couple months back Michael Keaton confirmed that he and director Tim Burton have seriously discussed making a second movie featuring “The Ghost with the Most.”

For a while, Top Gun 2 looked like it would be the first of these figurative prize horses out of the gate; two years ago, in fact, Tom Cruise was reported to be ready to reprise as the high-flying hotshot Maverick a second time, maybe even before he played Mission: Impossible franchise lead Ethan Hunt for a fifth time. Everything changed when Top Gun director Tony Scott – who had been overseeing development on the sequel – committed suicide, which led to the project being indefinitely scrapped in the wake of the filmmaker’s death.

Top Gun producer Jerry Bruckheimer ended his 20-year long working relationship with the Walt Disney company last year (not long after the Bruckheimer-produced Lone Ranger proved to be a costly miscalculation). He struck a new deal with Paramount a few months thereafter, which led to a restart for development on new installments in two of Bruckheimer’s popular 1980s brands – Beverly Hills Cop and Top Gun, to be exact. In a recent interview with Bloomberg TV (via The Wrap), Bruckheimer offered some plot details for Top Gun 2:

“Technology has changed, obviously, since we made the first one. So I think we’re going to take advantage of what the world is like today with the drones really taking over in a lot of our wars…

“Is the pilot obsolete? Are those guys, those jet jockeys, are they gone from now? No I don’t think so…because you still have to make quick decisions. We’re hopefully going to highlight both worlds.”

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Tom Cruise in ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

What Bruckheimer is saying here sounds rather close to Tony Scott’s original vision for the Top Gun sequel. The idea seems to be that Cruise as an older Marverick, in the new film, will have to learn how to operate in this brave new world of aerial warfare, but also use his years of experience to educate and mentor the younger generation responsible for controlling said drones in action. It sounds like a setup that would allow Cruise to believably function as the protagonist of the film, similar to how the upcoming Edge of Tomorrow casts the 51-year old actor as a longtime military PR man who’s a rookie on the battlefield.

Vague story hints aside, other details on the current version of the Top Gun 2 screenplay remain something of a mystery right now. Earlier script drafts were reportedly fashioned by the likes of Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class) as well as Peter Craig (The Town), but in the aftermath of Scott’s death it remains to be seen if any of that previously-written material is carried over – beyond the basic premise – once (or, rather, if) the project starts moving forward faster and gets another director to commit.


We’ll keep you updated on development for Top Gun 2.

Source: Bloomberg TV [via The Wrap]

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  1. Kinda reminds me of the setup for that 2005 movie Stealth where the ace pilots have to take down the rogue Pilot AI that was meant to replace them. I hope they don’t go that direction. The whole old dog, new world premise is really tired.

    • The whole idea of a sequel to Top Gun is tired. It’d be like having a sequel to The Dark Crystal or other classic films that work better without being turned into endless sequels.

      What next, Wallace & Gromit: Another Grand Day Out?

      • I can halfway agree with you on this. I don’t see the story of these characters having anywhere interesting to go, On the other hand, I’m a sucker for a good jet fighter dog fight scene and the Top Gun brand might bring in the talent and money to do it right. I’m not behind this idea, but I’m not totally against it either. Wait and see.

        • I don’t think we really need a Top Gun 2, but I know alot of people who liked the first one would be excited to see the sequel. I saw #1, and was kind of meh, but it is not quite my type of flick either, so that’s just me, not knocking it at all.

          • No, the story wrapped up cleanly in the first one, so a sequel isn’t necessary. But I wouldn’t be mad if they made one and it turned out to be good.

  2. so basically the first 1/4 of the Green Lantern movie?

  3. Hah – I thought this was an April Fools until I looked at the calendar…

  4. no homoerotic volleyball scene, then no care!

  5. I must admit I kinda like the idea. But then again I will gobble up any movie that has aircraft in it. ;)

  6. It’s stuck in development hell. They’ve lost that lovin feeling, and now it’s gone.

  7. Excellent.

  8. As long as he fist-pumps while riding a motorcycle on an airfield, it’ll strike gold.

  9. I love this concept. It’s so refreshing and interesting like Avatar was (is?). We can have Tom being transfer to a base where they are testing out a new type of jet fighter, say VF-11. BUT…and here’s the cool part, it is controlled via satellite by another pilot and he is to pilot another new flagship jet named simply YF-19. These two pilots duke it out to see which jet gets the green. And since it is a Tom cruise movie we should have a female character as well. She should really be a singer IMO and travels around with a robot with highly advanced AI named Sharon. Skynet, er…Sharons’ AI then turns against her and tom comes to rescue the day and destroys the AI.

    I can’t wait for this and Fern Gully 2, er…Avatar 2.