'The Town' Writer Peter Craig Hits the Danger Zone for 'Top Gun 2'

February 29, 2012
Source: Variety

Top Gun

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?

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watching dudes fly from a computer screen hardly screams "danger zone" for me. as long as thats not the case and were not subjected to 2 hours of unrealistic cgi flying and the raw action from the 80's is there, im on board.

rockkicker on Mar 1, 2012


Wayyyyy too late for the sequel. 

TTumMM on Mar 1, 2012


Agree. Much like the Ghostbusters sequel, its been too long. Although, I would like to see if they bring back James Tolkan. Its always great to watch him yell and take someone down a peg.

grimjob on Mar 1, 2012


with those writers, it actually sounds pretty promising.

Brian on Mar 1, 2012


This movie could be awesome.  Give it a chance, when was the last good Fighter Pilot movie you saw?  I'll tell you, it was Top Gun.  If they can get Cruise to come back, and play a small to medium role, with a good new young talent, it could be great.

HealthyPoison on Mar 1, 2012


Top Gun is one of my favorites of all time. They just need to stay as far away from that Air Force/ drone pilot idea as possible. Its cant be Top Gun by just being about pilots. It needs the Navy and Naval Fighter Weapons School. Instead of having Maverick make an appearance as an instructor, hopefully 25 years later he would have turned things around and moved himself up the ranks to the commander Commander of an Air Group or something.

Patrick on Mar 1, 2012


Maverick should be the cag or captain of the carrier group, they should bring in some one like hayden christensen (think he can pull it off?)

Trooper9378 on Mar 1, 2012

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