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Paramount looking to get back in the danger zone (again) with Top Gun 2

5 years agoby:

Stinger: They gave you your choice of duty, son. Anything, anywhere. Do you believe that shit? Where do you think you wanna go?
Maverick: I thought of being an instructor, sir.
Stinger: Top Gun?
Maverick: Yes, sir.
Stinger: God help us.

Vulture has gotten the inside scoop today, having learned that Paramount has put out offers to uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott to follow up with a sequel to the 1986 pop culture classic TOP GUN. Paramount is also apparently courting screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (VALKYRIE, THE USUAL SUSPECTS) to hammer out a script. But what of Maverick himself? Tom Cruise - who's friends with McQuarrie - is apparently game, agreeing to appear in what's being called a smaller, less "obvious" role (meaning, don't count on the above quote from the film to come into play).

Back in June, the last time we heard about TOP GUN 2, Bruckheimer stated that while stabs at the project had been taken, development continually fell apart in one way or another. He was quoted as saying, "We were recently approached again to start talking about it but, you know, nothing yet. We kicked around some ideas because the aviation community has completely changed since we made the movie a long time ago." What did that mean exactly? Vulture points out: "Since 1986, the TOPGUN syllabus has been changed so the focus is far less on the spectacular and dramatic air-to-air dogfights that defined Top Gun and far more about teaching US pilots to drop very large bombs on very small ground targets."

So what does this mean for the potential sequel? Why is Paramount suddenly so gung-ho about starting up development again?

The reason is David Ellison, the 27-year-old son of Oracle Corporation founder - and world’s sixth-richest man - Larry Ellison, whose first production was the 2006 blip on a radar FLYBOYS. (The guy is obsessed with aviation - he's an aerobatic pilot and an instrument-rated commercial pilot, and naturally, attended USC film school before launching his own production company - all spurred on by the original TOP GUN.) And apparently, Ellison has been the co-financier to much of Paramount's upcoming films... starting with MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 4.

Will Paramount now succeed where it failed before? What kind of small and less "obvious" roll could McQuarrie possibly have in mind for Cruise? And seriously... will Val Kilmer be asked to return? If this happens, he motherf*cking better be.
Extra Tidbit: Have you lost that lovin' feelin'?
Source: Vulture

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7:02AM on 10/14/2010

HIRE ANOTHER SCREENWRITER

... I I could see this happening, but in the hands of another screenwriter -- why choose someone that writes dramatic-character driven screenplays? Just because someone can write a screenplay that doesn't mean they will successfully craft a movie fora specific genre!
... I I could see this happening, but in the hands of another screenwriter -- why choose someone that writes dramatic-character driven screenplays? Just because someone can write a screenplay that doesn't mean they will successfully craft a movie fora specific genre!
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7:46AM on 10/14/2010

If Tony and Tom are in...so am I

I'd love a sequel even though it's not necessary. And as long as they don't use bullshit CGI for the dog fights. The fact that all the shots are real in the first movie is what makes them so amazing to watch.
I'd love a sequel even though it's not necessary. And as long as they don't use bullshit CGI for the dog fights. The fact that all the shots are real in the first movie is what makes them so amazing to watch.
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8:33AM on 10/14/2010
Get Tom Cruise and Val in it and I will watch it.
Get Tom Cruise and Val in it and I will watch it.
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8:45AM on 10/14/2010
Extra tidbit, no I haven't lost that lovin' feelin but I feel the need - the need for SPEED! If Cruise and Kilmer are gonna be in it, I think their roles are possibly cameos. Top Gun 2 would work with some nice photography, action in the sky, and awesome soundtracks.
Extra tidbit, no I haven't lost that lovin' feelin but I feel the need - the need for SPEED! If Cruise and Kilmer are gonna be in it, I think their roles are possibly cameos. Top Gun 2 would work with some nice photography, action in the sky, and awesome soundtracks.
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9:15AM on 10/14/2010

Great Idea

Let's see some pilots drop very large bombs over some poor people. I could also watch Wikileaks.
Top gun is such a (bad) 80's movie. Why do a sequel?
Let's see some pilots drop very large bombs over some poor people. I could also watch Wikileaks.
Top gun is such a (bad) 80's movie. Why do a sequel?
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10:09AM on 10/14/2010
Jim Rome is gonna shit his britches when he finds out about this. He's been hoping for this for years. Sad to say there's not gonna be the Ghost of Goose. That would be epic.
Jim Rome is gonna shit his britches when he finds out about this. He's been hoping for this for years. Sad to say there's not gonna be the Ghost of Goose. That would be epic.
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12:23PM on 10/14/2010
Val is the man!!!! Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was the shit!!!!!
Val is the man!!!! Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was the shit!!!!!
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1:50PM on 10/14/2010
Get the entire cast and crew back, Top Gun Expendables. For real though if they give Mav a decent role I am SO SO game for this.
Get the entire cast and crew back, Top Gun Expendables. For real though if they give Mav a decent role I am SO SO game for this.
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6:02PM on 10/14/2010
Will this be without the homoerotica this time?
Will this be without the homoerotica this time?
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8:46AM on 10/15/2010
Then it wouldn't be a Top Gun movie, would it?
Then it wouldn't be a Top Gun movie, would it?
8:28PM on 10/14/2010
Slider........you stink
Slider........you stink
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12:20AM on 10/15/2010
It's time to buzz the tower!
It's time to buzz the tower!
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5:46AM on 10/15/2010

From Usual Suspects to Top Gun 2?

Man, Christopher McQuarrie must be low on cash
Man, Christopher McQuarrie must be low on cash
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6:51AM on 10/15/2010
That's TWICE! I want some butts!
That's TWICE! I want some butts!
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