Tom Cruise has responded to ongoing rumours about a Top Gun sequel, saying: “If we can figure it out, it would be fun to do.”
Cruise and Tony Scott, director of the 1986 action classic, met in August 2012 to scout locations for a sequel in Nevada, but after the director committed suicide later that month, plans for Top Gun 2 appear to have been abandoned.
However, last month (June) the CEO of the production company behind the sequel, Skydance’s David Ellison, revealed that a script for Top Gun 2 is now being written with Cruise’s character, Maverick, in mind. Ellison said at the time: “There is an amazing role for Maverick in the movie and there is no Top Gun without Maverick, and it is going to be Maverick playing Maverick.”
Asked about the mooted sequel at the world premiere of his latest film, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Cruise told Extra: “I have not thought about it, we haven’t turned our eye to it, I don’t know.”
“It’s tricky to figure out. If I can figure it out, if all of us can figure it out, it would be fun to do,” the actor added.
Cruise then said of Top Gun 2: “I’d like to fly those jets again. But we’ve got to do all the jets practical. No CGI on the jets. I remember when I did the first one, I said, ‘Look, in my contract I had to have three flights in the F-14.’… and luckily they wanted me bad enough to do it, so I was able to do that. I’m saying right now – no CGI on the jets. If we can figure all that out, and the Department of Defense will allow us to do it, that would be fun.”