While making the rounds promoting his new Denzel Washington-Chris Pine actioner “Unstoppable,” director Tony Scott confirmed this week that he is planning to make “Top Gun 2,” a follow-up to the high-flying 1986 blockbuster starring Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer.
But Scott told MTV that “Top Gun 2″ will not be a sequel.
“It’s not even a reinvention, it’s not even a sequel. It’s a re-thinking,” Scott told MTV.
“What inspired me is that the world today is great, it’s so different from the world we touched originally. It’s really run by guys sitting in Nevada on computers playing war games.”
Scott said the follow-up will focus on the emergence of a new generation of fighter pilots:
“It’s a mixture of that, and it’s the end of the generation of fighter pilots. Not in a complete end to the generation, because these guys they go up in F-35s and they carry 10 drones with them. (But) it’s a very different movie,” he said.
Scott declined to reveal whether Cruise and Kilmer would revisit their roles as top guns Maverick and Iceman.
Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (“The Usual Suspects”), who is reportedly penning the “Top Gun 2″ script, told New York Magazine’s Vulture in an e-mail, “There is no ‘Top Gun 2′ in which Maverick is not the starring role.” That would seem to indicate that Cruise will be back, unless there are some major changes to the Maverick role.
It remains to be seen what Scott’s latest highway to the danger zone will look like, or when we might jump on said highway.