Following last year’s announcement that a “Top Gun” Sequel was in development by Skydance Productions, Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer of “Top Gun” (1986) tweeted yesterday a photo of himself with Tom Cruise saying they were discussing the highly anticipated sequel to late director Tony Scott’s film.
“Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend @TomCruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2,” Bruckheimer‘s tweet read. The tweet had most fans excited, with some suggesting J.J. Abrams as a possible choice for Director.
Jerry Bruckheimer produced the original “Top Gun” film which won an Academy Award for Best Music and the Original Song “Take My Breath Away.” In the film Tom Cruise starred as young Navy pilot Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. Both Cruise and Val Kilmer are to return for the sequel.
During an interview at the press day for “Terminator Genisys” in Berlin, Skydance CEO David Ellison and CCO Dana Goldberg had revealed that Justin Marks is writing the screenplay.
“He [Marks] has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy has turned into today. There is an amazing role for Maverick in the movie and there is no Top Gun without Maverick, and it is going to be Maverick playing Maverick,” David Ellison had said.
Ellison also revealed that the movie will take place in real time and will incorporate drone warfare into the plot. “It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth generation fighters are really what the United States Navy is calling the last man-made fighter that we’re actually going to produce. It’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today are all fun things that we’re gonna get to dive into in this movie.”
Ellison had also confirmed that that the movie will rely on practical effects and stunt work as Tom Cruise likes to perform his own stunts in all his movies. He also said the movie will have a 3D and an IMAX release.