August 21, 2012
Report: Tony Scott met Tom Cruise to research 'Top Gun 2' shortly before death
They reportedly toured an air station in Nevada two days before the director jumped to his death
Late director Tony Scott reportedly spent one of his final days working on Top Gun 2 with Tom Cruise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott and Cruise met last Friday (August 17) to tour a naval air station in Nevada as research for the project. Cruise has repeatedly voiced his enthusiasm for the sequel in interviews, saying this June (2012): "I want to get in those jets!"
British filmmaker Scott passed away on Sunday (August 19) after jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles. A suicide note was found inside Scott's car and a representative from the LA County Coroner's Office told the BBC: "We have no reason to believe it was not a suicide." Reports have since claimed that Scott had been suffering from an inoperable brain tumour, but according to TMZ, these have have been denied by his family.
Cruise, who worked with Scott on 1986's Top Gun and 1990's Days Of Thunder, has since paid tribute to the late director. In a statement released yesterday (August 20), he said: "Tony was my dear friend, and I will really miss him. He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable. My deepest sorrow and thoughts are with his family at this time."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott's next project as director would probably have been submarine-based action movie Narco Sub. The director was also attached to a remake of classic 1969 Western The Wild Bunch and the long-mooted Top Gun sequel. In addition, he had several TV projects in the works.
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