McQuarrie Writing Top Gun 2 with Smaller Role for Tom Cruise?
It may finally be time to kick the tires and light the fires again with some interesting developments that may bring new life to a long rumored Top Gun sequel. Vulture reports Paramount Pictures has offered producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott to return for a sequel, and apparently writer Christopher McQuarrie (Valkyrie, Usual Suspects) is in line to update the script. Why the new interest? Apparently this new script update has a smaller role for Tom Cruise to return as Maverick, and the actor has agreed to take it as long as it's not too "obvious," like having him play some grumpy Air Force instructor. Read on!
Interestingly enough, there seems to be another driving force behind the re-ignition of the sequel. Apparently David Ellison, the son of Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison is quite the fan of Top Gun and high flying in general. As a kid he wrote out his copy on VHS and found himself so inspired that be became an aerobatic pilot and instrument-rated commercial pilot. After that, he decided to go to film school at USC, launched his own production company (Skydance) and made his first feature Flyboys. Though it didn't fare well at the box office, Skydance is still in the movie business and just recently raised $350 million to co-finance films for Paramount. The first film in that deal is the next Mission Impossible sequel starring Tom Cruise. And we've gone full circle!
Honestly, there couldn't be a better time for this project to come together in my opinion. What better move for Tom Cruise (who has apparently lost some of his star power) to return to one of his fans' favorite roles? In addition, Bruckheimer's films at Disney lately (Pirates of the Caribbean aside) haven't been all that impressive, and this may be just what he needs to get his groove back. With the talent mentioned behind the script and Cruise returning in at least some capacity, I'd be interested in taking the action back to the sky again. How about you?