I just read on the CBC news website that talks are underway for Top Gun (1986) sequel.
It was reported that “Tom Cruise recently confirmed he is in talks for a Top Gun sequel.”
“I hope we can figure this out, to do it again,” the 49-year-old actor told MTV News in Dubai.
“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.”
A Top Gun sequel, I am not sure how to react to this news. While I may be giving away my age, I saw Top Gun in the theater (several times) and looking back on it now, the cast was “power house” to say the least. The film starred Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt and Michael Ironside. Directed by Tony Scott and produced by the famed Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer.
What interests me most is who will produce the film? For 14 years Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer were probably the most successful producing partnership in history. Their films include Flashdance (1983) with Jennifer Beals, Beverly Hills Cop (1984) starring Eddie Murphy, Top Gun (1986) with Tom Cruise, Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) and Days of Thunder (1990) with Tom Cruise as “Cole Trickle.” And that is just their 1980’s repertoire. By 1995, they produced one hit after another. In that year alone, Simpson was responsible for Bad Boys (1995), the Will Smith/Martin Lawrence film that was Columbia Pictures’ highest grossing movie of the year; Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds (1995); and Crimson Tide (1995). In 1996, Simpson produced The Rock (1996) starring Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage. The film brought in nearly $350 million worldwide at the box office, and set the video rental market record as the most-ordered film in history. Unfortunately, the Rock was Simpson’s last movie. Don Simpson died in 1996 “of natural causes.” This is B.S. because after reading the biography of Simpson, the amount of drugs he did rivaled (if not surpassed) that of the fabled Hunter S. Thompson character described in his most famous book (and later two films) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Bruckheimer, nicknamed “Mr. Block Buster” is still producing like crazy. He was recently quoted as saying: “Top Gun (1986) is no different from Pirates of the Caribbean – in fact, they’re very similar because both movies were working in genres that were dead. Fighter pilot movies had all failed and pirate movies had been dead for a long time. We approached them from a different angle.”
A curious quote, from a very successful man.
This gives me the inspiration to do another trilogy, a tribute to Don Simpson. So that is what is coming next folks.