Top Gun fans, get your popcorn ready. Tom Cruise is open to the idea of Top Gun 2. He just has one request. Zero CGI jets. He wants the United States Navy to let him and the production team play with the toys.
Speaking to Reuters in London, he expanded on the ideas of reprising his role as Maverick.
“It would be fun. I would like to get back into those jets.”
“It would have to be practical. I don’t want any CGI jets. I want to shoot it like how we shot the first one.”
Hey, I’m 100 percent on board with that sentiment. Combining practical effects with CGI offers the best cinematic experience. Mad Max: Fury Road used the combination and it was a visual masterpiece.
The comments come after Skydance CEO David Ellison was quoted saying the Top Gun 2 screenplay was already in the works. Released in 1986, Top Gun was a massive box office draw, and shot Cruise to the mega stardom he enjoys today.
With Mission Impossible Rogue Nation landing in theaters, you have to think the actor is thinking his next adventure. The man does most of his own stunts. The Dubai tower stunt? That was him being nuts. In the latest Mission Impossible, that’s Cruise hanging off the side of the cargo jet.
What would Top Gun 2 look like? Rumors are it would center around the use of drone technology and Maverick would just have to prove no one does an ill-advised flyby like a Navy pilot.
As for aircraft? The F-14 Tomcat has been phased out by the U.S. Navy, leaving Tom Cruise and company to pick from the F/A-18 (Super) Hornet variants or the F-35C Lightning.
It would need Defense Department approval, but I’d think the safe bet would be Maverick behind the controls of a F-35. The film would be a giant recruitment tool, so the Navy would want to show off the latest and greatest.
I hope this makes it past screenwriting. Give the man real jets. Toss in a badass soundtrack and it’s popcorn time.