After years of speculation and development, we reported in December that the long-awaited sequel Top Gun 2 is finally moving forward at Paramount, following producer Jerry Bruckheimer signing a new first-look deal with the studio after his 20-year partnership with Disney came to an end. In a new interview with Bloomberg, the producer was asked if Tom Cruise's Pete "Maverick" Mitchell will be squaring off against drone technology in this sequel, revealing that he wants to showcase both traditional and drone pilots.
"Technology has changed, obviously, since we made the first one. So I think we're going to take advantage of what the world is like today with the drones really taking over in a lot of our wars. Is the pilot obsolete? Are those guys, those jet jockeys, are they gone from now? No I don't think so...because you still have to make quick decisions. We're hopefully going to highlight both worlds."
Back in October 2010, late Top Gun director Tony Scott first revealed that he wanted to showcase these new drone pilots in his sequel, while examining the end of the fighter pilots' era. When asked about when Top Gun 2 might hit theaters, Jerry Bruckheimer had this to say, giving credit to Tony Scott for coming up with the idea to implement the drones into this story.
"We've been working on it for over 30 years, so I wish I could tell you how long it's going to take us to get there. It's a lot of fun working with Tom and, unfortunately, Tony Scott, who really came up with the idea I just told you, passed away, and that's very sad for us."
He also spoke about the involvement of producer/financier David Ellison, who is actually a pilot himself.
"He's a pilot, so that helps us a lot, let me tell you. He loves flying, and he's very excited about this."