'The Town' Writer Peter Craig Hits the Danger Zone for 'Top Gun 2'
Paramount celebrates their 100th anniversary this year, and the studio is looking to its past to help usher in its future. They'll be re-releasing James Cameron's Titanic in 3D, and are also planning a re-release of their 1986 action classic Top Gun in the same format. There have been rumors of a Top Gun sequel since 2008, with The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie and X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz hired to write at various points. However, none of these scribes actually wrote anything. Now, Variety reports that The Town co-writer Peter Craig will take us back to the danger zone for the sequel.
Plot details are being kept secret for now, but Tony Scott has already announced he'll be returning to the director's chair for the project. The story was once leaning toward the idea of modern day fighter pilots controlling remote drones and was said to "partially examine the end of the era of fighter pilots," but now that Peter Craig is involved, he can thankfully start from scratch and hopefully come up with something a lot better for Maverick's return to the skies. Tom Cruise has expressed interest in returning to the character, but that may end up as nothing more than a cameo. I'm a big fan of The Town, and I'm hoping Craig can bring some of those writing skills to the air with Top Gun 2. Do you feel the need for speed again?