Rumor: Top Gun 2? Goose Rolls Over in Grave! Updated!
In covering movie news, desk-smacking, frustrating news is assured to cross your screen from time to time. Most often this is attributable to the highly combustible nature of internet news - a juicy tidbit can burn hotter than that demon thing (the Balrog) in Lord of the Rings. Remember the rumor about a Friends movie? Today is one of those days where I'm looking for the fire extinguisher. (And, yes, I realize it's ironic that I'm fanning the flames by reporting on it here.) Do we really think there will be a Top Gun 2? The Sun is reporting an "insider" has talked of a sequel to the '80s hit. Apparently, "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." Am I the only one that thinks this is a positively terrible idea?
The Sun states that a script outline has been crafted, but obviously it's up to Cruise to accept. Of course, this could very well be a casual thing since I imagine "outlines" are passed around all the time. But let's not give credence to this rumor simply because other '80s franchises have been rebooted, such as Indiana Jones, Rocky, Rambo, etc. Top Gun is none of those. Not in the least. The original was great, don't get me wrong, but so much of its appeal hinged on the naivety and likability of Tom Cruise. I think most would agree, those characteristics are long gone. Highway to the danger zone!
So as the actor struggles to level out his career and public perception (his reported cameo in Tropic Thunder seems a humble effort in that vein), I can't imagine a sequel to Top Gun would be an advantageous direction. Add to that, who on earth would they get to play opposite Cruise as the cocky female? If the actor wants sign on the dotted line of irrelevance, taking on the role of a past-his-prime flight instructor is a good way to do it. Put simply, Top Gun represents a Tom Cruise of yore that the 46-year-old actor has no hope of recapturing. Do you want to see Top Gun 2?
UPDATE: Flight canceled! Access Hollywood is reporting that Paramount execs have confirmed that there is "no way" we'll see a sequel to Top Gun and that reports to the contrary are "completely untrue." So much for The Sun's "insider" and all that.