‘Top Gun 2’ in Development, Could Feature Tom Cruise

By June 27, 2015

Although rumors have been swirling off and on for several years about a sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1986 Navy action film, new information has now surfaced about the development of Top Gun 2.

According to Variety, during the press junket for Terminator Genisys in Berlin, Skydance Productions CEO David Ellison went on record to say that a script was actively being written.

Justin Marks is writing the screenplay right now. He has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy has turned into today.

He added that the script will deal with many of the advancements made in military technology over the past thirty years, including the increased prevalence of drones in the U.S. military, as well as fifth generation fighters. Since air combat is transitioning away from traditional dogfighting and into more of a matter of machines versus machines, the film will potentially see that as a major theme to explore in its story. As far as the possibility of returning stars, Ellison had some telling words to share when he said,

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.

The original Top Gun was released in May of 1986, and was by all definitions a summer blockbuster. On a budget of only $16 million, the film would go on to gross over $356 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing film of that year. It also still ranks at number 2 on films dealing with pilots and aircraft, only behind 2001’s Pearl Harbor. While critical response at the time was generally mixed, Top Gun has persisted as a favorite among action film aficionados, and a sequel with Cruise’s returning involvement would likely have solid prospects at the box office of today.

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