Sequel will focus on the rise of drone warfare and demise of the traditional fighter pilot
Top Gun 2 is being written now with “an amazing role” for Tom Cruise’s character Maverick, the CEO of the production company behind the sequel has revealed.
Cruise and Tony Scott, director of the 1986 action classic, met in August 2012 to scout locations for a belated sequel in Nevada, but after the director committed suicide later that month, plans for Top Gun 2 appear to have been abandoned.
However, Skydance CEO David Ellison has now confirmed that screenwriter Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li, next year’s The Jungle Book) has been hired to pen a script for Top Gun 2. “Justin Marks is writing the screenplay right now. He has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy has turned into today,” Ellison told Collider. “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.”
Ellison then added: “It is I don’t think what people are going to expect, and we are very, very hopeful that we get to make the movie very soon. But like all things, it all comes down to the script, and Justin is writing as we speak.”
Asked to expand upon the premise of the sequel, Ellison explained that the film will focus on the rise of drone warfare and simultaneous demise of the traditional fighter pilot. “When you look at the world of dogfighting, what’s interesting about it is that it’s not a world that exists to the same degree when the original movie came out. This world has not been explored,” he said.
“It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth generation fighters are really what the United States Navy is calling the last man-made fighter that we’re actually going to produce, so it’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today. [These] are all fun things that we’re gonna get to dive into in this movie.”