The New York Daily News is reporting that “Top Gun 2,” the sequel to the wildly successful 1980s movie about a group of F-14 aviators training how to dog fight, is in development. The original “Top Gun” made Tom Cruise a Hollywood super star.
Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott, the producer and director of the original “Top Gun,” have been approach to develop “Top Gun 2.” Christopher McQuarrie will have first crack at writing a script. Tom Cruise has expressed interest in returning in his role as Maverick, albeit in a limited capacity, if the story is not an “obvious one.” That would be Maverick as a veteran flight instructor to a new batch of Tomcat drivers.
It would be somewhat difficult to do a “Top Gun 2” in the modern age. In the post-Cold War world, there are not that many threats that require dog fighting against enemy aircraft. Al Qaeda does not have fighter jets. So one would have to concoct a situation that would require a group of elite F-14 aviators to fly in and take care of business.
And this raises another difficulty. There are unfriendly countries that have air forces, but with the exception of China, those countries tend to be Muslim, and Hollywood does not like to do Muslim heavies.
However, if Hollywood were to take courage and develop a scenario that actually fits the modern age, one could do a very exciting “Top Gun 2” indeed.
Twenty-five years after “Top Gun,” Maverick is living in a mountain cabin in Alaska with Charlie (played again by Kelly McGillis), raising children and writing Tom Clancy-style techno thrillers. Viper (Tom Skerritt) and Jester (Michael Ironsides), the National Security Advisor and Chief of Naval Operations, respectively, show up with a job for Maverick. Maverick needs to be active duty Navy again to command a squadron of F-14s for an important mission. He will help to develop the strategy for a strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. After some reluctance, Maverick agrees.
After that, the story writes itself. One can throw in the estranged daughter (it has to be a girl) who herself is an F-14 top gun and is a little too much like poppa for her own good. The first two-thirds of the movie will involve practice and training, with the usual off-duty romantic entanglements. The last third would involve the mission itself, which would also involve Navy F-18s, Air Force B-2s and F-22s, cruise missiles, and even some Israeli units.
Naturally, the Iranian Air Force will put up enough planes in the air to make a fight of it, making for a great, climatic air battle. Written well, “Top Gun 2” would make a billion bucks and would be condemned throughout the Islamic world. In short, a perfect summer movie.
Source: ‘Top Gun 2’ in development, with star Tom Cruise reportedly set to return, Anthony Benigno, New York Daily News, October 15th, 2010
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