Peter Craig writing Top Gun 2

The Town writer hard at work on upcoming sequel

Top Gun 2 is apparently moving forward, with Variety reporting that The Town screenwriter Peter Craig has been hired by Paramount to write a script for the high-flying sequel.

As yet, there has been no official confirmation that Tom Cruise will return, although it is widely anticipated that the star will make an appearance in some capacity, with original helmer Tony Scott also keen to resume directorial duties.

Cruise has previously expressed an interest in reprising his role as Maverick, with producer Jerry Bruckheimer also thought to be amenable to the idea.

“I hope we can figure this out to go do it again,” said Cruise. “If we can find a story that we all want to do, we all want to make a film that is in the same kind of tone as the other one and shoot it in the same way as we shot Top Gun. We’re working on it”

Craig is currently working on Bad Boys 3 for Sony, so will be no stranger to the kind of macho dialogue expected to complement the overblown action. As for what the film will be about, we don’t have much to go on, aside from an idea previously mentioned by Scott.

“These kids play war games in a trailer in Fallon, Nevada,” said Scott, “and if we ever went to war or were in the Middle East or the Far East or wherever it is, these guys can actually fly drones. They are unmanned aircraft. They operate them and then they party all night.”

A germ of an idea for Craig to work with then. Hopefully we’ll hear more from Cruise and Scott as the script begins to take shape over the coming months.

Does Top Gun need a sequel, or will this be a disappointment? Tell us, below.


    • Trickycustomer

      Mar 1st 2012, 14:17

      Get it made, there aren't enough fighter jet movies around. Anime has area 88 and macross which would be cool to see in live action.

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    • BoomStick

      Mar 1st 2012, 14:32

      Drones? War Games? GAH! Do it right - make it a prequel, set it in Vietnam and make his dad the main character...with a young Viper. Who wouldn't want to see some mad aerial combat sequences with F4's, MiG-17s and what have you belting about the place. You could even have a little cameo from the Tomcat. Make it about the planes, not the War Games. Do it! As for Tom Cruise's role - having him be a Maverick teacher just wouldn't fly (sorry) in a modern setting. Top Gun wasn't about the characters, it was about what they represented - do we really need to see a near 50 year old Pete Mitchell? Really?

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    • Hadouken76

      Mar 1st 2012, 17:34

      Expect an Iron Eagle remake to follow soon after..

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    • MrScary

      Mar 1st 2012, 18:18

      After 27 years, do we really need a sequel? Please see Psycho 2 and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 before answering.

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 1st 2012, 18:41

      All I want to know is will there be another Volleyball scene ?

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    • writerdave87

      Mar 2nd 2012, 0:10

      Actually Boomstick's idea sounds f*****g awesome.

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    • FBMMiller

      Mar 4th 2012, 9:31

      Gotta say I think Boomstick has come up with pretty much the only top gun follow up id be interested in seeing!.......hollywood, give the man a job coz the garbage youve been coming out with lately leaves a lot to be desired!

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    • alexr

      Mar 6th 2012, 17:11

      Would like to see Maverick have to train Goose's son as a pilot/reel and eventually have to fly with him, go into a flat spin, eject, smash the little gits head against the canopy and bring Meg Ryan's character to her knees screaming "NOOOOOOOOOO" through trouty-pout lips. That would still be a better film than this is going to be...

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