In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount president Adam Goodman said, “We’ll likely make a ’Top Gun’ sequel with Tom Cruise [before the next “Mission: Impossible”]. Jerry Bruckheimer would produce, with Tony Scott returning to direct. All parties are moving ahead. We’ve hired Peter Craig to write the script.”
When MTV News’ Josh Horowitz sat down with Cruise during his press tour for “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and asked him about “Top Gun 2,” Cruise said, “We’re working on it.”
Christopher McQuarrie was originally hired to pen the sequel’s script, but Cruise informed us that the writer was no longer attached to the project. That left Bruckheimer and Scott as the ones working with Cruise to get a sequel under way. “I said to Tony I want to make another movie with him. He and I haven’t made a film since ’Days of Thunder,’ ” Cruise said. “Tony and I and Jerry, we never thought that we would do it again. Then they started to come to us with these ideas of where it is now. I thought, ’Wow that would be … what we could do now.’
“If we can find a story that we all want to do, we all want to make a film that is in the same kind of tone as the other one and shoot it in the same way as we shot ’Top Gun.’ ”
With confirmation from Goodman, it seems they found the right story line, but does it include Maverick’s rival Lt. Tom “Iceman” Kazanski? The actor behind Ice, Val Kilmer, said he’d be on board for “Top Gun 2.”
“Sure, it would be fun,” he told MTV News. “I’d have to get a haircut, but anything for the role.”
A big reason behind his enthusiasm for the project has to do with Bruckheimer. “It’s not like Jerry Bruckheimer isn’t the most successful producer on Earth,” he said with a laugh. “I was going around bragging. I did a little part just to hang out with [director Tony Scott] and Denzel Washington, on this movie ’Deja Vu.’ I’m going around saying, ’Jerry’s probably made $5 billion,’ I was guessing. And one interviewer said, ’You haven’t read the [press notes]?’ He just turned the page and there’s Jerry’s bio: $50 billion, he’s grossed. As soon as I read that, wow. He’s got thirty or forty or fifty awesome secrets about how to make a big blockbuster.”
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