Tom Cruise has lost none of that loving feeling for Top Gun after confirming that the long-discussed follow-up to the 80s classic is “going to happen”.
Cruise confirmed that the project is going ahead during an interview on Australian television programme Sunrise.
“You know what? I’m going to start filming it probably next year. You’re the first people I’ve said this to. You asked me, and so I’m telling you it is going to happen,” he told the presenters.
Quite what fans can expect from Top Gun 2 has yet to be confirmed but over the years sources have put forward two pretty distinct ideas as to what the plot will entail.
Back in 2008, when rumours of a potential follow-up to the film with the need for speed first surfaced, one unnamed source offered up the following idea:
“The idea is Maverick is at the Top Gun school as an instructor – and this time it is he who has to deal with a cocky new female pilot.”
A lot of water has passed under the bridge since that particular idea was floated and while the idea of Maverick training a female pilot would work, more recent sources suggest things could be going in a slightly different direction.
Speaking to Collider in 2015, Skydance CEO David Ellison lifted the lid on a potential Top Gun 2 script being written by Justin Marks, best known for scribing the recent big screen adaptation of The Jungle Book.
According to Ellison, Top Gun 2 would offer up a more modern take on the airforce:
“Justin Marks is writing the screenplay right now. He has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy has 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.”
Now, it probably worth addressing the fact that that particular plan was first pitched two years ago and things haven’t progressed much since then, but there’s a lot to Ellison’s claims and Marks’ script that would make sense.
Imagine it now: the old school Maverick forced to adapt to a different kind of warfare, involving new technology like drones. It would be a very modern update and could offer the kind of social commentary seen in previous drone-based efforts like Eye In The Sky.
Combine those elements with the previously suggested idea of a female cadet in training and you have the makings of an intriguing premise for Top Gun 2.