A sequel to 1986’s Top Gun was likely the most imminent direction for Hollywood at some point in the last thirty-three years despite how long its taken. To that effect, Tron: Legacy and Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski’s approach looks like it’ll fare pretty well come its June 26 release, and with none other than his Oblivion star Tom Cruise back in the starring, high-flying saddle once more in Top Gun: Maverick.
It’s been quite the while since director Joseph Kosinski took to the helm with twice the Tom Cruise for futuristic sci-fi, Oblivion. They’re back together now and with San Diego Comic Con in full steam, the official teaser for Top Gun: Maverick is now here.
One of the late Tony Scott’s biggest, most memorable film successes to date lives on 32 years later with production officially announced for Top Gun: Maverick. Actor Tom Cruise is back in the saddle reprising the lead role as elite Navy pilot, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, reuniting with none other than Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski at the helm for a story that sees our protagonists cope with the advancement of drone warfare over manned piloting.
Official cast announcements from here on remain pending while fans can look forward to the film’s tonal similarity to the first as a “competition film”. Jerry Bruckheimer is back and producing from the 1986 original as will Cruise and David Ellison for Skydance. Top Gun composer, Harold Faltermeyer, is also returning to score.
Cruise and his official PR shared a photo of the first day of filming which you can check out below and hold in mind ahead of its July 12, 2019 release from Paramount Pictures
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Having directed actor Tom Cruise for his 2013 outing in sci-fi actioner, Oblivion, some would say it would make sense to make him a candidate for the long-awaited sequel to the 1986 high-flying military drama, Top Gun. As such, it now seems to be the case according to a new exclusive report from Variety thus confirming.
The news comes just a few days after Cruise laid it all out in a single quote telling Australian talk show Sunrise that it was “definitely happening”. The film itself had been in the works since around 2010 or earlier, then stifled by the subsequent suicidal tragedy of director Tony Scott who helmed the original film that propelled Cruise into Hollywood stardom as U.S. Fighter Pilot, LT. Pete Mitchell, call signed “Maverick”.
Skydance CEO David Ellison and Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the original, will produce with Cruise from a script recently penned by Justin Marks that will reportedly explore the world of drone technology and fifth generation fighters. Further casting details remain pending while we await to see if Val Kilmer will make his reprisal as Tom “Iceman” Kazanski.
Kosinski’s own vision, according to the report, is what reportedly nabbed him the director’s chair. His next, Granite Mountain, opens on October 20.