Cruise vs drones for Top Gun 2
Published 01/04/2014 | 14:02
The film producer teased that the long-awaited follow-up to the 1986 film would be updated to reflect the changing world of warfare.
"The concept is, basically, are the pilots obsolete because of drones. Cruise is going to show them that they're not obsolete. They're here to stay," he told The Huffington Post.
Jerry said that the sequel is close to becoming a reality, 28 years after the original film.
"We've been trying to get that movie made for 30 years, and I think we're getting closer and closer," he continued. "Don [Simpson, fellow producer] and I tried to develop something, we didn't succeed. Cruise took over, and he tried to develop something, and he didn't succeed. Now we're back at it."
Top Gun, which was directed by the late Tony Scott, starred Tom as young Naval aviator Lieutenant Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell, who trains with US Navy Fighter pilots during the Cold War.
Top Gun 2 was one of three films on Tony's slate before his death in 2012.
Jerry - who is promoting his new book, Jerry Bruckheimer: When Lightning Strikes, Four Decades Of Filmmaking - said the film will come together when everything falls into place.
"It's just getting to the starting place. Fortunately for Tom, he's very busy, so you have to find a slot he can fit into and get a budget that Paramount feels they can make the picture," he said, adding there is no director yet for the sequel.
Meanwhile, Tom told The Sun he intends to continue making action films for years to come. "It's a movie form I love making... so I'll keep going. I'll be 80 and playing (Mission: Impossible's) Ethan Hunt if I can."