It's getting dangerously close to thirty years since "Top Gun" soared into theaters, but Tom Cruise isn't showing any signs of slowing down. In fact, the "Mission Impossible" actor is getting ready to jump back into the cockpit as cocky flyboy Maverick for a second "Top Gun" outing.
MTV News spoke with Cruise on the red carpet at the "Rock of Ages" premiere in Los Angeles last week, and he confirmed that he's still hard at work with director Tony Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer on returning to the skies for "Top Gun 2."
"We're working on it," he said. "We'll see what happens, if I can figure out the script and we get it. It would be fun getting into those jets. I want to get in those jets!"
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Tom Cruise, Tony Scott and Jerry Bruckheimer are all reportedly on board for "Top Gun 2," according to an update from the leading man himself back in December 2011. But what about Val Kilmer, the man who butted heads with Maverick over land, sea and air as Tom "Iceman" Kazanski?
During a conversation about his newest movie "The Fourth Dimension" (we'll have much more on that for you tomorrow), Kilmer told MTV News that while he's "not yet" heard word from anyone asking him to sign on for "Top Gun 2," he's more than willing to get back into the cockpit.
"Sure, it would be fun," he told MTV. "I'd have to get a haircut, but anything for the role!"
All this news about "Top Gun 2" has me seeing flashbacks of my 6-year-old tomboy self -- obsessed with fighter pilots and Kenny Loggins' soundtrack, and not yet understanding all the fuss about that volleyball scene. The mature me can't help but raise a brow at revisiting such a classic tale. However! Because director Tony Scott has been making the publicity rounds for his new film "Unstoppable," we've been able to glean a few key details from him about the project.
First and foremost, Scott recently told MTV Radio's Senior Producer Jeff Cornell that "Top Gun 2" will NOT be a sequel.
"It's not even a reinvention, it's not even a sequel. It's a re-thinking," Scott said. "What inspired me is that the world today is great, it's so different from the world we touched originally. It's really run by guys sitting in Nevada on computers playing war games," he said. Read More...
When MTV News heard that director Tony Scott, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and "Usual Suspects" screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie were speeding down the highway to the danger zone for a sequel to 1986's "Top Gun," we nearly wet our Naval aviator jumpsuits with joy. Of course, our enthusiasm for "Top Gun 2" wasn't quite unbridled because Tom Cruise was reportedly only going to appear in a small supporting role, presumably making way for a new crop of cocky pilots to take steam baths together, make slow sweet love to Kelly McGillis, and play volleyball whilst listening to Kenny Loggins' "Playin' With the Boys."
Well, you can go ahead and take that bridle right off your enthusiasm... because McQuarrie sent an email to Vulture (which broke the sequel news a couple weeks back) to deliver this brief but powerful message: "There is no 'Top Gun 2' in which Maverick is not the starring role." Read More...
Tony Scott has most definitely not lost that loving feeling. The action-minded director has confirmed that he's locked in and ready to take wing as the director of "Top Gun 2."
Chatter of a "Top Gun" sequel began heating up about two weeks ago, when we caught wind of a very credible report that Paramount had approached director Scott, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and star Tom had been approached about reuniting for a follow-up to the 1986 airborne classic that marked Scott's first big blockbuster and set Cruise's career on a Mach-5 trajectory to instant superstardom.
Scott acknowledged that he would be directing "Top Gun 2" in an interview with Hit Fix at this weekend's junket for the runaway train blockbuster "Unstoppable." While Scott wouldn't address rumors of Cruise's involvement in a smaller role, he did expound upon his idea for a sequel, one that addresses just how much military aviation has changed in the past 25 years. Read More...
If you suddenly, inexplicably feel the need for speed, the urge to belt out "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" in a bar... or the strange inkling to play beach volleyball in jeans, there's a reason: Paramount Pictures officially wants to reunite Tom Cruise, director Tony Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer for "Top Gun 2."
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. Read More...
- Has Tom Cruise lost that loving feeling? “Top Gun 2” reportedly in the works. (The Sun)
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- Wet Hot American Prequel? Director David Wain teases follow-up to cult comedy classic. (CHUD)
- What do you do to follow-up “There Will Be Blood”? Paul Thomas Anderson heads to the theater, will direct Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph in show he co-wrote. (Cigarettes and Red Vines)
- A bunch of new photos from “Crank 2: High Voltage” pop up online. (LATimes)
- Just for fun, the greatest piece of art ever: Carla Gugino as Sally Jupiter as a pin-up model. Poster featured in “Watchmen” trailer. (AICN)