The script for a long-in-the-works Top Gun sequel will find Tom Cruise’s Maverick character hunting down drones,
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Ellison elaborated about the project’s status during an interview by Collider.com:
“Justin Marks is writing the screenplay right now. He has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy has turned into today. There is an amazing role for Maverick in the movie and there is no Top Gun without Maverick, and it is going to be Maverick playing Maverick. It is I don’t think what people are going to expect, and we are very, very hopeful that we get to make the movie very soon. But like all things, it all comes down to the script, and Justin is writing as we speak.”
As for what a Top Gun sequel would look like 30 years after the original, along with all the cultural and technological changes that have occurred in naval aviation since, Ellison said:
“I think this is a movie that should be in 3-D and in IMAX, and again something that you can shoot practically. As everyone knows with Tom, he is 100% going to want to be in those airplanes shooting it practically. When you look at the world of dogfighting, what’s interesting about it is that it’s not a world that exists to the same degree when the original movie came out. This world has not been explored. It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth generation fighters are really what the United States Navy is calling the last man-made fighter that we’re actually going to produce so it’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today are all fun things that we’re gonna get to dive into in this movie.”
Don’t get too excited just yet. As Rolling Stone points out, rumors about the sequel began swirling five years ago, with original filmmaker Tony Scott attached to direct at the time, according to The Guardian. But after the director’s apparent suicide in 2012, a new director has yet to be announced.
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