‘Top Gun 2’ Is In the Works, For Some Reason

Tom Cruise is returning to the danger zone. (Bet Sterling Archer can’t wait!)

Yes, a sequel to Top Gun is in the works, damn near 30 years after the original 1986 film, thus confirming that everything old is new again in this Xerox era of filmmaking. Granted, it’s kind of hard to blame Hollywood, considering how well throwbacks like Jurassic World and Mad Max: Fury Road have done. It also helps that, for my money, those are two of the best movies of the year so far, just from a pure entertainment perspective. But why Top Gun 2? Why now?

As it turns out, the present day provides a unique setting and storyline possibility for Tom Cruise’s Maverick.

'Top Gun 2' Is In the Works, For Some Reason

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Producer David Ellison revealed at a press conference in Berlin that the story will center on the demise of the era of dogfighting and fighter pilots due to drone technology.

“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,” Ellison stated. “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.”

No word on if Maverick will actually be piloting or fighting drones himself in the movie, nor is it even certain that Tom Cruise will be back. However, Ellison is depending on it.

“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.

According to Ellison, screenwriter Justin Marks is still working on the Top Gun 2 script, so I guess Cruise will make his decision once he gets a chance to go over the screenplay. Or maybe this will generate enough buzz to convince ol’ Tom that there’s a ton of money in this. Either way, I’m of the mind that it’s better to just leave well enough alone, where this franchise is considered, namely because it doesn’t feel like a franchise at all. Top Gun came across as a total once-and-done in 1986, and I’m not sure that feeling has changed in the almost thirty years since. Then again, I’ve been proven wrong before (namely with Mad Max. But how overjoyed I was to be wrong there). So maybe there’s a good sequel in here just waiting to come out. I suppose we’ll see, although when that day will be, Ellison hasn’t said. Perhaps it’s best to just gauge interest first before aiming for a timetable for release.

But what do you think? Should Top Gun get a sequel, or should it just be left alone? Sound off in the comments!

And for more on the box office power of revived franchises, check out our report on the latest historic box office victory for Jurassic World!

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