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.
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.