“Do Some of that Pilot Shit!”: Tom Cruise to Dogfight with Drones in “Top Gun 2”
The long in-development sequel is currently being reworked to bring Maverick back into a starring role.
Before popcorn-flick legend Tony Scott’s tragic suicide in 2012, he was attached to direct a sequel to his career-defining 1986 volleyball drama Top Gun. The new film was supposed to focus on a new generation of military drone pilots and their attempts to live up to characters cool enough to have names like Viper and Iceman.
Originally, Tom Cruise was set to reprise his character of Maverick in a supporting role, but in a recent press event for Terminator Genisys, Skydance Productions CEO David Ellison revealed that the project is being redesigned to star Cruise, who will serve as a really good looking representation of a bygone era, and will probably have to save the world with his archaic analog flying skills. Anyway, it should serve as a good opportunity for Cruise to add few more crazy plane stunt notches to his belt.
The script is currently being written by Justin Marks, best known for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (really), who is tasked with following up what Quentin Tarantino (semi-jokingly) called “one of the greatest fucking scripts ever written in the history of Hollywood.”
Vaya con Dios, Justin.
Production is set to begin “very soon” after the script is finished.
(via Consequence of Sound)