With every new year comes a new set of anniversaries for fans to celebrate, and this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the movie that made Tom Cruise a global superstar, Top Gun. The blockbuster took in $176 million, making it the highest-grossing movie at the box office in 1986, which, when you adjust for inflation, equates to a $414.5 million today. Over the past 30 years, development on the sequel Top Gun 2 has had more than its fair share of ups and downs. Now it seems the project may be on the right track, thanks to a new tweet from producer Jerry Bruckheimer which confirms Tom Cruise will be back to star.
The last we heard about Top Gun 2 was back in November, when original Top Gun star Val Kilmer revealed through social media that he was offered a role in the sequel, although the actor later clarified that he "jumped the gun" in making that announcement. Tom Cruise himself also teased last summer that he hopes to have real jets with no CGI during the flying scenes. While it still isn't known when production may begin, the fact that Tom Cruise and Jerry Bruckheimer are meeting about the project is a good sign.
Back in September 2014, The Jungle Book writer Justin Marks signed on to work on the script, although no story details have been revealed quite yet. Over the past few years, many other writers have taken a crack at the script, such as Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation) and the writing team of Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (Power Rangers). Peter Craig wrote a version of the script that almost went into production in 2012, before the tragic death of director Tony Scott.
Jerry Bruckheimer revealed in April 2014 that the story will highlight traditional pilots like Maverick and the new drone planes currently being used by the Air Force. That was before Justin Marks came on board to write the script, though, and it isn't known if the story has changed since then. David Ellison is producing through his Skydance company, with Dana Goldberg set to executive produce.
The project doesn't have a director attached at this time, and it isn't known if Jerry Bruckheimer and Tom Cruise are ready to move forward with Justin Marks' script, or if they are seeking yet another writer. Hopefully we'll hear more details on this sequel soon, but until then, take a look at the photo with Jerry Bruckheimer and Tom Cruise below.