‘Top Gun 2’ to Feature Maverick, Drone Warfare

Top Gun (1986)

Do you feel the need? The need for a “Top Gun” sequel?

Rumors of “Top Gun 2” have swirled since the original touched down in 1986. Skydance CEO David Ellison confirmed that the project is in development and revealed its plot details at a “Terminator Genisys” press junket in Berlin, Collider reports.

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

He added, “It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth generation fighters … It’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today.”

Fans of the original film will be delighted to know that Ellison hinted that Tom Cruise will reprise his role. “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,” Ellison said.

Time to blast Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” in celebration.

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  1. Tim Goolsby says:

    As you (Master Herald) mentioned, it might be difficult for Tom Cruise to fly in current front-line fighters, in the way that he flew in the F-14, for the original Top Gun. The F-35 is operational in some respects, but is still in development, in others. To the best of my knowledge, the F-35, much like the F-22, will, most likely, not be produced in a two-seat version … only single seat. An F-22 pilot’s first solo flight in an F-22 is literally his first flight in the F-22. All flight training leading up to that first flight is accomplished using simulators. So, in order for Tom Cruise to be able to fly in the F-35, Tom Cruise would literally need to pilot the F-35. Also, as you mentioned, any age restrictions would need to be waived. The F-35 is being produced in three variants for joint service in the USAF, the U.S. Navy, and the United States Marine Corps. Provided that one of these three services would be willing to do so, and with all necessary approvals from the Department of Defense, Tom would need to go through the full flight-training process, receive security clearances, and pass all physicals, that any other flight-training candidate would be required to pass. Lockheed Martin could even possibly consider hiring Tom Cruise as a company pilot, on a temporary basis. I think he could handle it. I believe he is a skilled pilot, and has significant experience in other high-performance aircraft. An alternative would be for him to fly in F-18 Hornets, in the same way that he did in the F-14, for the original movie, as many of the F-18s that are currently in service, are two-seat versions. Other than these two options, CGI might be the only viable solution for producing much of the aerial footage, at least for those scenes that would involve Tom Cruise, himself, as part of the scene. P.S. It is also worth mentioning, that the F-35 is being produced for the global marketplace, with customers around the globe. It is certainly within the realm of possibility, that another country might allow Tom Cruise to pilot one of their F-35s, in the event that the U.S. would not.

  2. anonymous says:

    So many silly sequels and reboots; however no Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander? Hollywood can you tell Sony Pictures Entertainment to give the fans sequel to Girl with Dragon Tattoo?

  3. AirBoss says:

    Great! Then maybe there will be a sequel to “Gay Top Gun” which is still the funniest web series of all-time!

  4. saraE says:

    Can we just bring Goose back from the dead and leave Maverick out of it? I can’t look at Tom Cruise without thinking of his scary Scientology rant.

  5. Fernanda says:

    For me, use the elements of Top Gun combine to Transformers (from the original cartoons and not the Michael Bay crap) and give us ROBOTECH

  6. N M says:

    In the original Top Gun, Anthony Edwards (Goose) had a little boy who he sang Great Balls of Fire with at the piano. Goose Jr. grows up to be a navy pilot himself, who goes to Top Gun School and receives training from none other than Maverick. When Goose Jr. returns to his ship, something happens which causes Maverick to join him and they fly together in another epic battle.

  7. Phil says:

    Should have been scrapped after Tony Scott died.

  8. Blac Adam says:

    What about Iceman? Will they put him at the controls of a Hercules transport? How much can those things carry anyway?

  9. malcolm says:

    I have no idea if there’s been a study on drones v manned flight aerial combat…but i suspect that in any dogfight between the two(in most cases) a manned plane would win,ive no real information on it though

  10. Dhampy says:

    Maverick can be an out-of-touch desk jockey working to keep the extent of the F-35’s failure from becoming fully public by using drones to take out defense correspondents. Yeah. And then a flyby and an incorrect ejection…from a storage container…in which an inconvenient character is eliminated.

  11. The original Top Gun used actual camera footage of the various jets while in flight and I can only assume that this sequel will rely upon CGI a great deal(in addition to actual footage of flight) and the new film won’t have the same excitement as the original did. Personally, I just don’t see the need for a sequel at this point…

  12. James says:

    Skydance seems to love buying up the rights to these classics to do sub-standard nostalgia-infused sequels decades after the last installment. Fine. They have the money to buy the rights, but their story skills suck. In all honesty, films like Top Gun exploded because they were infused with the zeitgeist of the times. And, the studio will force this sequel into the zeitgeist with a significant P & A budget. But, it’ll end up being another footnote in this age of bullshit nostalgia sequels fueled by Hollywood’s innate fear of the new and original.

    ….and what the hell does “it is going to be Maverick playing Maverick” even mean?

  13. Jesse H says:

    I could be dangerous like Maverick

  14. Mark Allan says:

    Oh well, Cruise makes me NOT want to see it…

  15. Sith McGarbage says:

    Maybe get an actress who has some actual chemistry with Mav this time too.

  16. Lisa says:

    I don’t care about Cruise, I want Val Kilmer back!

  17. Yt says:

    Drone warfare is boring.

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