Vulture has learned that Paramount has already extended offers to Scott and Bruckheimer to start turning and burning on a sequel to the 1986 classic, and the studio has Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (“The Usual Suspects”) in its sights to pen the script. Cruise, meanwhile, is said to have agreed to return as hotshot naval aviator Maverick in a small role, provide it’s not too “obvious” — e.g. Mav playing a version of Tom Skerrit’s battle-hardened instructor from the original.
If that news takes your breath away (yes, we went there), you might want to sit down. Not only does Paramount want a “Top Gun” sequel; they’re thinking franchise. This all sounds great, but just how feasible is it that this puppy will get off the tarmac?
Actually, pretty feasible. At a junket for “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” this summer, Bruckheimer confirmed that he’d been “recently approached again to start talking about [a sequel].” His biggest hangup: “The aviation community has completely changed since we made the movie a long time ago.” The change Jer-Jer was referring to is that pilots these days aren’t so much trained in the graceful art of dog-fighting as they are in the explosive practice of bomb-dropping.
But a source close to the project tells Vulture that McQuarrie has found a way around this potential deal-breaker, as well as a way to incorporate Maverick into the story that doesn’t suck. The fact that McQuarrie is pals with Cruise and that he’s got a hot hand in Hollywood right now — his script for “Wolverine 2” is rumored to kick adamantium ass — could mean that “Top Gun 2” gets cleared for a big-screen flyby very soon. Sounds like it’s time to buzz the tower.
Is a “Top Gun” sequel a good idea? What would be a good story, and how does Maverick fit in? Tell us in the comments!