New details about the long-awaited (and development-cursed) Top Gun 2 have emerged, via Collider. At a Terminator Genisys press-day interview in Berlin, Skydance CEO David Ellison recently revealed that the overdue sequel is in the process of being written and that Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Maverick — but in the present, incorporating the use of real time to bridge the gap from the first film. “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 [have] turned into today,” Ellison said. “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 added that the movie will unspool — when it finally comes out — in theaters in IMAX and 3-D. And here’s what that movie will be about:
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. 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 are all fun things that we’re gonna get to dive into in this movie.
It’s been nearly three decades since the first movie premiered. Since then, Cruise has only gotten better (or worse, depending on how you look at it, I guess) at doing stuff to planes. It’s time for some more cool plane stuff, and we’re ready. No pressure, Marks.