Tony Scott's Tragic Suicide Be Damned, 'Top Gun 2' Still Happening

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If you thought a little thing like the tragic suicide of original "Top Gun" director Tony Scott, who plummeted to his death from a bridge in Los Angeles last summer, would slow down development on a sequel to the high-flying adventure, well, you're sorely mistaken.

At the Produced By Conference over the weekend, which sounds like Comic Con for people who love reading the credits during "Law & Order: SVU," super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer confirmed that work is still being done on the sequel, which seems like it's past its expiration date by at least 20 years. Cue Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone" or, if you're feeling frisky, that other choice Loggins cut, "Playing with the Boys."

"For 30 years we've been trying to make a sequel and we're not going to stop. We still want to do it with Tom [Cruise] and Paramount are still interested in making it," Bruckheimer told the crowd at the Produced By Conference (seriously, can you believe this is a real thing?) Bruckheimer went on: "What Tom tells me is that no matter where he goes in the world, people refer to him as Maverick. It's something he is excited about so as long as he keeps his enthusiasm, hopefully we'll get it made."

Bruckheimer did note that the death of Scott did put things on pause for a little while. At the time of Scott's death, a script was being developed by "Jack Reacher" writer/director Christopher McQuarrie and Scott had recently begun location shooting. Details about that script were never released, and it's unclear whether, going forward, the Scott/McQuarrie draft will be utilized or a new one will be fashioned for an incoming director. Not sure who would want to step into the very large, very legendary shoes of Scott, though, whose credits also include "Days of Thunder," "True Romance," "Enemy of the State," and "Unstoppable." Still miss you, Tony.

As for whether those behind this "Top Gun" sequel feel the same?

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