Director Tony Scott Confirmed for a Brand New 'Top Gun' Sequel
Well I'll be damned. A couple of days ago we wrote about a news report saying that Paramount had offered Tony Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer the chance to return for a brand new Top Gun sequel, some 14 years after the original. Oh and apparently Christopher McQuarrie (Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) is writing the script, which has a small role for Tom Cruise to return as Maverick. Well, some sites (What's Playing and HitFix) caught up with Scott at a press event this weekend for his new film Unstoppable and confirmed with him that he is actually directing Top Gun 2, as it's called, but wouldn't comment on Cruise's involvement.
"This world fascinated me, because it's so different from what it was originally," Scott says. "But, I don't want to do a remake. I don't want to do a reinvention. I want to do a new movie."
In the HitFix piece, Scott spoke about his interest and what the story might be about. Inspired by current technological advances, there's an Air Force base down in Fallon, Nevada where, "these computer geeks -- these kids play war games in a trailer… these guys can actually fly drones. They are unmanned aircraft. They operate them and then they party all night." Okay, so from the sounds of that, we're not getting Top Gun 2, we're getting Stealth 2. This just sounds awful, I have to admit. I thought this might be a chance for Tony Scott to get back to his action-filled roots (Top Gun was one of the first films he directed back in 1986) but it sounds like he's going to continue spiraling further and further out of control with worse and worse movies.
Scott adds that it "will partially examine the end of the era of fighter pilots" with the focus on the "kids" who now control these drones. Aw, how sad. Apparently this isn't going to be his next film, as he's got hundreds of projects on his plate right now, but it is coming soon - maybe "a few years away." I really hope McQuarrie can put together a good script, because from what Scott's said, this sounds terrible. We'll continue to keep you updated on this, but just know that in a few years, we'll be hosting one hell of a Top Gun reunion party.