Thankfully, no musicians died this week, so let’s acknowledge Top Gun, which came out thirty years ago. Those of us who are long-time San Diegans remember how popular it was here due to it being filmed locally. The Top Gun house in Oceanside can be seen at the 0.56-minute mark.
In June 2013, Bruckheimer stated that: “For 30 years we’ve been trying to make a sequel and we’re not going to stop. We still want to do it with Tom [Cruise] and Paramount are still interested in making it.
What Tom tells me is that no matter where he goes in the world, people refer to him as Maverick. It’s something he is excited about so as long as he keeps his enthusiasm hopefully we’ll get it made.”
On September 8, 2014, Paramount and Skydance revealed being in negotiations to have Justin Marks write the screenplay. In June 2015, while promoting Terminator Genisys, Skydance CEO David Ellison confirmed Marks was writing the screenplay, with the plot emphasizing “drone technology and fifth generation fighters. It’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today.” Kilmer posted on his Facebook page that he will be returning as Iceman.
In April 2016, Marks told Creative Screenwriting that Top Gun 2 was a dream project for him, as Top Gun was the first movie he remembered seeing in theaters. “Just researching the Joint Strike Fighters, the F-35, the different notions of where the Navy is today was a very interesting insight and it started to give me ideas of what Top Gun would represent in a current era.”