Top Gun 2 Is ‘Definitely Happening’, Says Tom Cruise

Now that Tom Cruise has confirmed that Top Gun 2 is happening, and will probably start filming next year, I look back at the 1986 film I loved.  Personally, I loved the movie. I am obviously no film critic, but I did not realize that it got such horrible reviews!  Let’s hope that Top Gun 2 can live up to  the Top Gun name.

He revealed the news while on a promotional tour for his upcoming film Mummy, telling Australian morning show Sunrise, “It is definitely happening.”

“It’s true. It’s true,” he said. “I’m going to start filming it probably in the next year. I know. It’s happening. It is definitely happening … you’re the first people that I’ve said this to.”

“We’re trying to figure it out,” Cruise clarified in a subsequent appearance on the Graham Norton Show.

The sequel was hinted at again in April this year during an “Ask me anything” on Reddit, when Val Kilmer – who starred in the original film with Cruise and Kelly McGillis – was asked by a user whether he would be doing Top Gun 2. “Hell yes,” he replied, “and what a hoot it will be.”

Personally, I have high hopes for the film.  I am excited they are bringing it back, and I am sure there are a lot of people that don’t agree with me.

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  1. but I did not realize that it got such horrible reviews! Let’s hope that Top Gun 2 can live up to the Top Gun name.

    I found this hilarious. I know what you meant to say, but reading that second sentence after that previous comment…:laugh:

  2. Is this really a good idea? Let's face it, the original film did not succeed because of it's story line. Top Gun was all about good looking young people and jets. Nothing wrong with either of these things [especially jets!!!] but there are already plenty of contemporary films serving this basic market so I don't see why an iconic franchise like Top Gun should return to the fray. Other franchises that have stood the test of time [Star Trek, Star Wars, etc] had enduring story lines to carry them from one generation to the next. On the other hand, there are the Police Academy and Fast and Furious franchises, so who really knows…

  3. I loved the original film when I saw it in 1986.
    I loved the action, and the romance between Cruise/McGillis. That ending is so iconic, and romantic. I love it. But I know Hollywood. The chances of Kelly Mcgillis is even given the opportunity to reprise her role is slim to none I think. If she is in it, and Maverick is still involved with her either married, or just together I will be shocked. Likely she will get a small mention like she moved on from him, or died, and that will be the end of it.

    Another classic film will have its brilliance extinguished, and the happy ending shattered. Of course I would love to be wrong.

  4. dpippel

    Top Gun is a single, stand-alone film, so it doesn't qualify as a franchise. IMO this sequel is yet another case of a Hollywood movie that simply doesn't need to be made.

    I struggled with this fact but chose to use the word "franchise" due to the film's enduring popularity. Of course, in the end you are absolutely correct and I agree, it's better left as is.

  5. So is Cruise really going to be staring in this, or is going to be about some new hotshot pilot and Cruise has a glorified supporing role, something like the equivalent of Skerritt's character from the original.

    Bryan^H

    I loved the action, and the romance between Cruise/McGillis. That ending is so iconic, and romantic. I love it. But I know Hollywood. The chances of Kelly Mcgillis is even given the opportunity to reprise her role is slim to none I think. If she is in it, and Maverick is still involved with her either married, or just together I will be shocked. Likely she will get a small mention like she moved on from him, or died, and that will be the end of it.

    I doubt it as well. Not to sound mean but let's just say that father time was a lot more gracious to Cruise than McGillis. And coupled with the fact that she's openly gay probably hurts the believability of her still being a love interest for Cruise. (Not saying that gay actors/actresses haven't been effective as love interests to the opposite sex. But I'm pretty sure you're not going to see Nathan Lane portrayed as a love interest for Scarlett Johanssen anytime soon)

  6. The F-14 was in the original, I'm sure this sequel will feature the state of the art F-35(if completed by then) as the new cool jet. $420 billion for the development of it, and $180 million per jet. A lot of money for a fighter jet that will most likely never be used for "fighting". Hope it can at least be featured in the movie. Rampant CGI will probably win out though.

  7. notice Capt Insignia on his flight suit, did my 25 years, it's been 30 plus for the film, and the advantage was it was a hell of a recruiting
    tool, for him to go from Lt to Capt, uh no, either he has a couple of stars on his shoulder by now, or is out of the service, have personally known a few decent officers who had to separate from service because the didn't advance in a timely fashion. So as much as i like the first film, gotta call BS on this.

  8. dana martin

    notice Capt Insignia on his flight suit, did my 25 years, it's been 30 plus for the film, and the advantage was it was a hell of a recruiting
    tool, for him to go from Lt to Capt, uh no, either he has a couple of stars on his shoulder by now, or is out of the service, have personally known a few decent officers who had to separate from service because the didn't advance in a timely fashion. So as much as i like the first film, gotta call BS on this.

    What if the film doesn't take place today, but some years after 9/11? By the way, you would think that Viper would be more than a CDR in Top Gun if he served in the Vietnam War.

  9. Robert Crawford

    What if the film doesn't take place today, but some years after 9/11? By the way, you would think that Viper would be more than a CDR in Top Gun if he served in the Vietnam War.

    i could go for that, always though Viper was too low in rank as well

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  10. Edwin-S

    The first one hasn't aged well, so a second helping of Top Gun hash just seems unneeded. I mean, did anyone ever ask for a sequel to "Top Gun"?

    When has that ever mattered in Hollywood?

    That being said I’m looking forward to this film.

  11. I'm going to give Tom Cruise the benefit of the doubt here and assume for the moment that if he's doing this again 33 years later, there has got to be a good reason, narratively speaking. He doesn't need the money.

    So for right now, I'm cautiously optimistic. I'll be curious to see some footage though. I bet Paramount puts the first teaser trailer on Bumblebee in December.

    That being said, using his character's name as the subtitle really doesn't seem that effective. If they can't come up with a catchy title, just call it Top Gun 2.

  12. It could be a scenario like the postponement of Batman V Superman – in that case, the production only needed an extra couple weeks, but there wasn't a great window available to push it to near its original spot, so the entire movie was pushed from 2015 to 2016 – but they didn't actually need all of that extra time. This could be a similar case where they wanted an early or mid-summer release, and since it was no longer possible to make one in 2019, they simply are opting for 2020.

    Or it could be a sign of impending doom and gloom.

    Joseph Kosinski is directing, who has a pretty good track record for bringing things in on time and on budget, and worked well with Cruise in Oblivion. The Deadline article is saying the delay is for the flight sequences. I would tend to take that at face value. If they're using real plans, and trying to get real planes from the defense department to use (as was the case with the first film), the delay might be out of their hands entirely – if the military says you have to wait, you have to wait.

  13. It will also be interesting to see what happens to the July 2019 release schedule as a result of this move.

    Top Gun was scheduled to open in between Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 5) and The Lion King remake (July 19.) It's possible that some studio could move a tentpole there to replace it, or, given the massive titles surrounding it, they could opt to leave things as-is. If the latter, Spider-Man would probably just have two weeks at #1 before Simba takes over.

  14. Christopher McQuarrie has been brought in to do rewrites on the script:

    https://www.slashfilm.com/top-gun-2-script-rewrites-christopher-mcquarrie/

    We know McQuarrie works well with Cruise and knows how to write to his strengths. However, considering that this has been in production since June and was until very recently aiming for a release next July, this feels a little weird. If anybody is going to be able to step in and fix the script in the middle of production, it's probably McQuarrie, but it seems potentially problematic that he has to do so. Hopefully he gets it where it needs to be.

  15. He'll perform daring stunts in a space-age flying machine while on his way to fix unmanned drones that the military is using instead of fighter jets. During these missions he will encounter enemies trying to down the drones which are being used to combat the hostile enemies.

    Oh wait. That was Oblivion. That was an entirely different film directed by an entirely different….er….the same….director.

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