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“Iceman” returning to the big-screen as jaw-snapping Naval aviator in TOP GUN 2? Perhaps.
Here’s what started all the viral conversations:
Rolling Stone magazine says Val Kilmer may have “made a mistake” with his earlier Facebook post–but only on the portion of his comments that said Kilmer had already said “yes” to TG2. It appears Kilmer was still offered the part in the movie though:
Val Kilmer created a commotion online Tuesday with a Facebook post declaring that he would reprise his role of Iceman in Top Gun 2. “Let’s fire up some fighter jets again!!!” he wrote. Hours later, he said he “jumped the top gun” with the announcement. “Being offered a role is very different from doing a role,” he wrote in his update. “[It’s] an innocent mistake. It was just such a wonderful phone call with my agent.”
You can read the entire Rolling Stone article here.
More information on TOP GUN 2 below with updates over the years on how this sequel has progressed.
As I reported last September, screenwriter Justin Marks (The Jungle Book, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li) was negotiating with Paramount on the script for the sequel to the 1986 mega-blockbuster hit, Top Gun. Now Collider’s Matt Goldberg is reporting that during an interview with Skydance executives David Ellison (whose company will produce Top Gun 2) and Dana Goldberg earlier today about next week’s release of Terminator Genisys, both men discussed the status of Top Gun 2 and confirmed Tom Cruise–and only Tom Cruise–would play the Naval aviator Maverick.
DAVID ELLISON: “…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. But like all things, it all comes down to the script, and Justin is writing as we speak.
Question: You’re gonna do what a lot of sequels have been doing now which is incorporate real use of time from the first one to now.
ELLISON and DANA GOLDBERG: “Absolutely.”
ELLISON: Absolutely, I think this is a movie that should be in 3-D and in IMAX, and again something that you can shoot practically. As everyone knows with Tom, he is 100% going to want to be in those airplanes shooting it practically. 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. This world has not been explored. It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth generation fighters are really what the United States Navy is calling the last man-made fighter that we’re actually going to produce so it’s 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 gonna get to dive into in this movie.”
You can read the entire Collider report here.
But from all reports, Lieutenant Tom “Iceman” Kazanski appears to still enjoy flying with the airlines:
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