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Top Gun 2 getting a complete rewrite by co-writer of The Town

3 years agoby:

Top Gun posterYep, they're still trying to make a sequel to TOP GUN happen, a fact to which I am personally altogether indifferent as I have never actually seen the first movie (a travesty, I know).

What makes me a bit less indifferent though is actually this bit of news, because I absolutely love THE TOWN. This was in large part this is due to the life, conflicts, and relationships very present in the text itself, and so I'd say that hiring THE TOWN co-writer Peter Craig to start a new script from scratch demonstrates that producer Jerry Bruckheimer is very serious about the quality of the final product.

Or one can hope, anyway.  This does probably mean it'll be a while before we hear anything else about the proposed sequel, so if you're straining with excitement I would suggest you get comfortable, slip on some aviators, and hope that Tom Cruise is as gung-ho about revisiting the part of Maverick in a year as he is right now.

Extra Tidbit: Craig is also working on a script for Bruckheimer called HORSE SOLDIERS, which centers on soldiers who did battle on horseback against the Taliban after 9/11.

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5:17PM on 03/01/2012
How does anyone write an article on a sequel without seeing the first movie? Top Gun was an iconic film, & the sequel should live up to the first film. I enjoyed the Town a lot, but If Top Gun 2 has a feel, or likeness to the Town, then please call it something else. Now I'm not hatting on Mr. Alejandro here but starting an article by saying "what makes me not care a little less (indifferent)"? isn't a great way to talk about a movie you never saw. Perhaps if you don't care about the film
How does anyone write an article on a sequel without seeing the first movie? Top Gun was an iconic film, & the sequel should live up to the first film. I enjoyed the Town a lot, but If Top Gun 2 has a feel, or likeness to the Town, then please call it something else. Now I'm not hatting on Mr. Alejandro here but starting an article by saying "what makes me not care a little less (indifferent)"? isn't a great way to talk about a movie you never saw. Perhaps if you don't care about the film Top Gun.. you should have wrote this article.
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2:15PM on 03/01/2012

LOVE Top Gun LOVE The Town

the two movies couldn't be more different though... STILL, I'm incredibly excited by this news, way way WAY more than I was originally in terms of TG2
the two movies couldn't be more different though... STILL, I'm incredibly excited by this news, way way WAY more than I was originally in terms of TG2
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11:01AM on 03/01/2012

How have you not seen Top Gun????

This is a horrible idea. Just make a sweet fighter pilot film and leave the name alone. Just naming it Top Gun won't make it a good film...
This is a horrible idea. Just make a sweet fighter pilot film and leave the name alone. Just naming it Top Gun won't make it a good film...
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10:54AM on 03/01/2012
And yeah, seriously Alejandro, to properly report on Top Gun you have to watch it 10 times, then watch Quentin Tarantino's epic dissection of it on youtube, then watch it two more times to pick up on every bit of awesome homoerotic subtext.
And yeah, seriously Alejandro, to properly report on Top Gun you have to watch it 10 times, then watch Quentin Tarantino's epic dissection of it on youtube, then watch it two more times to pick up on every bit of awesome homoerotic subtext.
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11:27AM on 03/01/2012
Agreed. How the hell do you even get to chime in on TOP GUN if you haven't seen it? Weak sauce.
Agreed. How the hell do you even get to chime in on TOP GUN if you haven't seen it? Weak sauce.
10:49AM on 03/01/2012

re: Cezar Pena

In fact, there was not a single aerial combat engagement between US fighter jets and enemy fighters in any of the wars we've fought in the last ten years. Not Afghanistan, nor even Iraq or Libya, both countries having sizable air forces (indeed, dogfights with Libyan jets in the 80s were main inspiration for Top Gun.) Enemy planes don't even get off the ground anymore. Iran might change that, but lets hope it never comes to that. Funnily enough, Iran is the only country in the world that still
In fact, there was not a single aerial combat engagement between US fighter jets and enemy fighters in any of the wars we've fought in the last ten years. Not Afghanistan, nor even Iraq or Libya, both countries having sizable air forces (indeed, dogfights with Libyan jets in the 80s were main inspiration for Top Gun.) Enemy planes don't even get off the ground anymore. Iran might change that, but lets hope it never comes to that. Funnily enough, Iran is the only country in the world that still flies the F-14 fighter jets that Maverick & Iceman fly in the movie. The only air to air kill of the entire Iraq war was in 2009 when an unarmed Iranian drone drifted into Iraqi air space and was shot down by a US F-16.

You have to go back to Kosovo in 1999 to find instances of US planes shooting down enemy fighters, and to my knowledge those were 'beyond visual range' kills by guided missiles, no dogfight involved. One probably has to go back 20 years, to the Persian Gulf War, to find instances of US planes actually dogfighting enemy aircraft.
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5:26AM on 03/02/2012
Awesome job on the research man but I found a few things to be a little off from my experience.

Now I guess true dog fights are a thing of the past but during the months before the Iraq war, Operation Southern Watch saw plenty of shots fired to enforce the "No Fly Zone" restrictions on the Iraqi Air Force.

There were quite a few times in my stint in Saudi in 2002 where jets coming back would be short a payload or two, or with carbon burns on the exit ports from the guns. I never got a
Awesome job on the research man but I found a few things to be a little off from my experience.

Now I guess true dog fights are a thing of the past but during the months before the Iraq war, Operation Southern Watch saw plenty of shots fired to enforce the "No Fly Zone" restrictions on the Iraqi Air Force.

There were quite a few times in my stint in Saudi in 2002 where jets coming back would be short a payload or two, or with carbon burns on the exit ports from the guns. I never got a real answer from my supervisors whether this from actual combat, tactical strikes, or pilots just fucking around.

Either way I'm sure what was going on in my imagination was way better than the truth anyway.
10:34AM on 03/01/2012

@Alejandro Stepenberg

How can you be a movie critic/writer and have NOT seen Top Gun..!?!?
And WHO HIRED YOU..???
How can you be a movie critic/writer and have NOT seen Top Gun..!?!?
And WHO HIRED YOU..???
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10:51AM on 03/01/2012
I've seen a lot of movies, just not that one... but it's something I plan to remedy soon, promise!
I've seen a lot of movies, just not that one... but it's something I plan to remedy soon, promise!
11:38AM on 03/01/2012
No shit. Probably has seen two of the 4 TWILIGHT movies though. For fuck's sake.
No shit. Probably has seen two of the 4 TWILIGHT movies though. For fuck's sake.
2:40PM on 03/01/2012
Unlike with TOP GUN, I'm proud to say I've never seen any of the Twilight movies. But you all have definitely convinced me and I'll be checking TOP GUN out within the week.
Unlike with TOP GUN, I'm proud to say I've never seen any of the Twilight movies. But you all have definitely convinced me and I'll be checking TOP GUN out within the week.
9:41AM on 03/01/2012
We need more movies about the A-10 Thunderbolt II [link] .. They're the most used combat aircraft for obvious reasons. 7 of them fought in Libya.
We need more movies about the A-10 Thunderbolt II [link] .. They're the most used combat aircraft for obvious reasons. 7 of them fought in Libya.
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8:21AM on 03/01/2012

Maybe I'm being naive

By asking you this: Are there any dogfights in modern warfare?
That was pretty much what made Top Gun cool. Unless they decide to go for the 80's or 90's setting I don't really see the point.
Plus, how the hell can you beat the original soundtrack?
By asking you this: Are there any dogfights in modern warfare?
That was pretty much what made Top Gun cool. Unless they decide to go for the 80's or 90's setting I don't really see the point.
Plus, how the hell can you beat the original soundtrack?
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5:11AM on 03/02/2012
I was in the Air Force when the incredibly awesome F-22 Raptor was rolled out into the testing phase. I never got the chance to work on it being my clearance level wasn't high enough to work on a top secret jet, but I fell in love with it as soon as I saw some of the first pictures released.

Anyway, the coolest part about the Raptor was the introduction of vectoring thrust. The two engine exhaust ports can move up and down on a pitch axis allowing for extremely tight maneuvering should a
I was in the Air Force when the incredibly awesome F-22 Raptor was rolled out into the testing phase. I never got the chance to work on it being my clearance level wasn't high enough to work on a top secret jet, but I fell in love with it as soon as I saw some of the first pictures released.

Anyway, the coolest part about the Raptor was the introduction of vectoring thrust. The two engine exhaust ports can move up and down on a pitch axis allowing for extremely tight maneuvering should a dog fight ensue. Basically if you bank left, the left port moved up and the right moved down giving thrust in opposite angles.

Granted this is a stealth jet so getting in and out undetected is a priority, but should it need to fight it can do it better than pretty much any jet ever made.

So dogfights can and do still happen just not as often, but when has this ever stopped a movie from doing what it wants.
8:12AM on 03/01/2012
In the new age of aerial photography and the latest military aircraft, this could be some sick shit with a good story. Especially if Tom is back in. Can't wait!
In the new age of aerial photography and the latest military aircraft, this could be some sick shit with a good story. Especially if Tom is back in. Can't wait!
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7:56AM on 03/01/2012

Tech advance

They better hurry up or Maverick will be remotely operating a drone!
They better hurry up or Maverick will be remotely operating a drone!
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