No Points For Second Place, But What About A Second Movie? Top Gun 2 Finds Writers

Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise in Top Gun (1986) Movie Image

For all the talk and gossip and rampant internet rumors, I never took the idea of a “Top Gun” sequel all that seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I love “Top Gun”, and along with “Red Dawn” and the James Bond films, it shaped my life like few other movies in my lifetime. (Click HERE to see just how much a role it played in my childhood.) I simply assumed, like much of the world, that, in 2011, 25 years after the film’s theatrical release, any mutterings about a second chapter in the life of Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, daredevil naval aviator, were empty bluster.

But maybe I was wrong.

Hiring writers, especially a duo that is particularly hot at the moment—and at least partially responsible for penning two of this past summer’s superhero blockbusters, no less—feels like a pretty serious move. According to Variety, Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who wrote a draft of “X-Men: First Class”, as well as “Thor”, are in negotiations with Paramount to write the script for “Top Gun 2”. Jerry Bruckheimer and David Ellison are on board to produce the film for Paramount and Skydancer, so the film, if it ever does happen (see? I’m still skeptical), will have that special Bruckheimer magic, like “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Kangaroo Jack”.

I don’t know what “Top Gun 2” will possibly be about, but in the intervening quarter-century, Top Gun has moved from sexy Southern California to the middle of nowhere in Fallon, Nevada. And instead of training adrenalin-junky fighter-jockeys, the curriculum focuses more on teaching tech-savvy computer-nerds how to handle unmanned aircraft. For some reason that doesn’t hold the same appeal for me. Instead of a pre-crazy Tom Cruise and a pre-bloat Val Kilmer engaged in a heated, decidedly homoerotic rivalry, I imagine two pasty geeks who’ve never seen a real woman naked getting into a slap fight about who have superior “Halo” chops.

Via : Variety