Have you ever heard whispers and even above-whisper-level words about Top Gun 2? Probably. But it's been years since it sounded like Tom Cruise would really take part if the project ever materialized, and now we're back on Code Maverick.
Screenwriter Justin Marks, who handled Disney's new Jon Favreau-directed Jungle Book, is penning a sequel to the 1986 original. Here's what Skydance Productions CEO David Ellison had to say about the modern-day follow-up:
"[Marks] has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy [have] turned into today. 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. It is I don’t think what people are going to expect, and we are very, very hopeful that we get to make the movie very soon. But like all things, it all comes down to the script, and Justin is writing as we speak."
Top Gun director Tony Scott—also the man behind True Romance, Beverly Hills Cop II, Man on Fire and many more—died in 2012 at the age of 68. He reportedly spent some of his final days researching Top Gun 2 with Tom Cruise.
Now Ellison says the sequel will deal with how much of Top Gun's reality is "not a world that exists to the same degree when the original movie came out" but rather a situation "where it’s drone technology and fifth generation fighters are really what the United States Navy is calling the last man-made fighter that we’re actually going to produce." Meaty stuff. Can't wait.