'Top Gun' Sequel & 3D Re-Release in Limbo After Tony Scott's Death
It's been a little over a month and a half since director Tony Scott tragically committed suicide, and it's strange to think he will never make another film. There were a slew of projects the filmmaker had in development, but none as high profile as a sequel to Top Gun and a planned 3D re-release of the original fighter pilot thriller starring Tom Cruise. However, New York Times is now reporting that in the wake of Scott's death, plans for a sequel have fallen apart completely, and Paramount Pictures isn't sure what to do with the 3D converted Top Gun, and it's not clear if it will actually end up in theaters. Read on!
Though Paramount has declined to talk about Top Gun 3D, other sources have claimed a February release is being considered for the film, beginning with a one-week IMAX exclusive run in US theaters. Otherwise, the film has been submitted to China censors for a potential release overseas before 2012 is over. But either way, the studio's main concern is that they don't want what could easily be one last tribute and hurrah for the late filmmaker to feel exploitative and insensitive. After all, Titanic and Raiders of the Lost Ark recently cashed in a decent amount of money in their re-releases, so this would still give Paramount business. If it was ten years later, this decision wouldn't be a big deal, but it's a matter of this even being too soon after the tragedy. It would be nice to see one of Scott's finest films back on the big screen though. Thoughts?