It's been awhile since we've heard about any movement on Top Gun 2. But with Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation opening next weekend, Tom Cruise is back on the press circuit, and sure enough, the subject came up. The actor had some interesting things to say about the potential sequel that will make fans very happy. Speaking with Extra, he assures eager audiences worldwide that the movie will not be filled with CGI fighter jets.
Tom Cruise is still very much interested in reprising his iconic role as Maverick in a sequel to the 1986 action drama Top Gun. It certainly changed the landscape of summer movies, for both better and worse. But it's most notable for its use of real aircrafts and military sanctioned sea faring vessels. Producers also had assistance from the US Navy in helping to insure the film was accurate in its depiction of United States Naval Aviators. About whether or not the movie is still moving forward, the 53-year-old-actor attempted to set the record straight, though you'll see that it's not a definitive yes or no answer.
"If I can figure it out, if all of us can figure it out, it'd be fun to do, I'd like to fly those jets again, but we got to do all the jets practical, no CGI on the jets... 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."
Top Gun 2 was starting to move full steam ahead back in 2012, and would have probably been in theaters last year, had not a terrible tragedy befallen the project. Original Top Gun director Tony Scott was set to return, and in the few interviews he gave about the sequel, seemed genuinely excited about it. The director took his own life in August of 2012, though. He jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the San Pedro port district of Los Angeles, California. Production on Top Gun 2 was halted at the time of his suicide. And no new director has ever been announced.
Prior to his death that same month, Tony Scott and Tom Cruise met to scout locations in Fallon, Nevada for the sequel. Jerry Bruckheimer was again set to produce with Peter Craig in charge of writing the script. The plot of the movie is said to focus on the role of drones in modern aerial warfare. In 2013, Jerry Bruckheimer announced that the project was still on, and in 2014, Justin Marks came into write a new draft of the screenplay.