Update: Tower, this is ‘Top Gun 2’, requesting a fly-by…?

Top Gun 2

*********UPDATE #3*********

Hardly a month goes by without new details emerging on the much anticipated “Top Gun 2” film.  This month’s update comes from The Hollywood Reporter….

Justin Marks, the writer behind Disney’s upcoming live-action version of The Jungle Book, in negotiations to work on Top Gun 2, the sequel to the 1980s Tom Cruise classic that is being made by Paramount and Skydance.

The move will goose up the long-in-the-works sequel and comes after the recent Paramount arrival of producer Jerry Bruckheimer. After years with a studio deal at Disney, Bruckheimer moved to the Melrose Avenue-based studio lot in April.

David Ellison of Skydance is also producing. Skydance’s Dana Goldberg is exec producing alongside Chad Oman of Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

So we have more moving pieces and people coming into place.  Well, except for Peter Craig–who appears to be out as writer for TG2.  You can read the entire article from THR here.

I still find it hard to believe that “Viper” is now 81 years old.  I guess Maverick really will be the “Old Man” (re: experienced) in this film, teaching the younger aviators how it’s done.

**********UPDATE #2**********

Got a chuckle out of this:

Good news for Top Gun fans, because after decades of waiting, we will once again see Maverick and Goose soar up in the skies. The lead starts of the Top Gun will once again raid the cinemas across the globe for an exciting adventure. This is one movie that is sure to be a blockbuster sensation.

Uh. No we won’t, actually. Look, I get it that Top Gun came out in 1986 and it’s been since the Reagan Administration that Maverick sweated bullets playing volleyball in a white t-shirt with half-naked guys.  But come on, writers–get it right.  Goose is dead.  DEAD.  He actually didn’t square up his takeoff and landing totals to equal the same number.  I’m afraid that in the 28 years since the original Top Gun blockbuster, a younger generation is trying to play catch up with the facts.  And still getting them wrong.


It appears this is the guy that’s been given the responsibility of getting Maverick back into the air:

Peter Craig

Yes, it’s Peter Craig–the son of 2-time Academy Award winner Sally Field (1970’s ‘Norma Rae’ and ‘Places in the Heart’ in ’84).  Craig wrote the screenplay for ‘The Town’ (2010).

We’ve been told that the busy film schedule of this guy has kicked production of ‘Top Gun 2’ down the road.  But in reality, it might be Craig’s writing timetable that has kept TG2 from moving forward until now–afterall, he’s pretty freaking busy with these two hot projects:

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (hitting theaters this November*)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (coming out in 2015)

*Fandango’s #1 Most Anticipated Movie of 2014

PHOTO:  Credit to John Sciulli/Getty Images

Original story:

Top Gun

We all know what the right answer should be…”Negative, the pattern is full”.

However, better judgement aside, it appears that Jerry Bruckheimer and Tom Cruise are prepared to join forces again to give audiences volleyball in jeans, negative 4g dives, and unapproved tower fly-bys:

“…The concept is, basically, are the pilots obsolete because of drones. Cruise is going to show them that they’re not obsolete. They’re here to stay,” Bruckheimer said. “It’s just getting to the starting place. Fortunately for Tom, he’s very busy, so you have to find a slot he can fit into and get a budget that Paramount feels they can make the picture.”

So much for that earlier, 1986 threat to Maverick from his skipper about “you’ll be flying a cargo plane full of rubber dog shit out of Hong Kong!”.  In Top Gun 2, Maverick is the older, experienced naval aviator fighting drones.


The background…

The U.S. Navy’s take: On March 3, 1969, the United States Navy established an elite school for the top one percent of its pilots. Its purpose was to teach the lost art of aerial combat and to insure that the handful of men who graduated were the best fighter pilots in the world. They succeeded. Today, the Navy calls it Fighter Weapons School. The flyers call it: TOP GUN.

My take: In 1986, ‘Top Gun’ the movie came out and the ladies all fell in love with pilots.  And not just Lt Pete “Maverick” Mitchell…all pilots!  Or “aviators”, as the Navy likes to call them.  With the release of this film the “wingman concept” was first created, mostly due to poor singing from said aviators (read: sex-starved) at an Officer’s Club in Miramar.  Women were cautioned about young men following them into the ladies room and the boys were taught not to leave one of them alone to fight the Russians at 30,000 feet.  ‘Goose’ died, but left us Meg Ryan.

VIDEO GOLD:  Lieutenant Tom “Iceman” Kazanski continued his flying career, and was last seen in Flagstaff, AZ.

No official date yet on when filming will start for ‘Top Gun 2′.  Is that the song “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” I hear playing on the jukebox?

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