'Top Gun 2' Getting a Rewrite from Disney's New 'Jungle Book' Scribe
When Jerry Bruckheimer moved his production company back to Paramount Pictures late last year, it was said that part of his deal included the long-developing sequels Beverly Hills Cop 4 and Top Gun 2. The former already has Eddie Murphy back in the lead role with Brett Ratner directing the film for release in 2016, and now the latter is finally making some progress as THR has learned the studio is hiring Justin Marks to do another rewrite of the script said to focus on modern day fighter pilots controlling remote combat drones in a new story that will "partially examine the end of the era of fighter pilots." More below!
It's not clear if anything in the story has changed, especially since The Town writer Peter Craig was supposed to take a crack at the script back in 2012 (before Tony Scott passed away). But since drones have become a hot-button issue, it would make for a pretty timely and relevant story. Tom Cruise is already slated to come back as Maverick, but there's no telling when the sequel might get off the ground. Justin Marks only has one really big, seemingly successful writing credit to his name and that's Disney's new live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book. But he's worked on several projects that haven't gotten off the ground, so he's not entirely untested. Stay tuned for any updates on this gestating return to the danger zone.