Sunday 23 July 2017

Top Gun 2 in the works - and Maverick will be back

Kelly McGillis (Charlie) and Tom Cruise (Maverick) in Top Gun
Kelly McGillis (Charlie) and Tom Cruise (Maverick) in Top Gun
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The sequel to Top Gun is in the pipline, almost 30 years after the flick made a star of Tom Cruise.

Producer David Ellis confirmed the news and also revealed that the iconic character of Maverick will be back too, although it is unclear whether or not Cruise will reprise the role.

Tom Cruise in Top Gun
Tom Cruise in Top Gun

"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," he told reporters during a recent press conference in Berlin.

However, given the changes in the world of dogfighting the sequel will have to tread a very different path to the original which saw pilots go head to head in fighter jets.

"When you look at the world of dogfighting, what's interesting about it is that it's not a world that exists to the same degree when the original movie came out," said Ellison.

"This world has not been explored. It is very much a world we live in today, where it's drone technology. 

"So 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 going get to dive into in this movie."

The screenplay for Top Gun 2 is already being developed by Justin Marks who wrote the screenplay for Jon Favreau's upcoming Jungle Book starring Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray and Idris Elba.

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