All that Top Gun 2 rumours are building up steam and now it looks like official talks are taking place to make it happen. They even have an early treatment that leaves room for a minor role for Tom Cruise.
Bruckheimer let slip that he had been “recently approached again to start talking about [a sequel]” but noted that “the aviation community has completely changed since we made the movie a long time ago.” 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.
But we’re told by a source close to the project that McQuarrie — who is friendly with Cruise — has found a way to incorporate Maverick, and what’s more, we hear that Cruise has to agreed to take a smaller role in the film, provided it’s not too “obvious” a part, i.e. Lt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell as grizzled Top Gun flight instructor.
I was wondering how they might include Maverick without making him an instructor. Maybe the plot of the film will be about how the current Top Gun Program has drifted focus away from the dogfighters, and they bring in a “Best of the Best” team of past Top Gun notables for an exhibition just as some terrorists cross international airspace and the Top Gun pilots are the closest option to respond.
Maverick will be taking Iceman’s place, as Val Kilmer is too fat to fly a jet.