Tom Cruise is kicking the tires and lighting the fires on Paramount’s Top Gun sequel Maverick.
The star tweeted a picture on day one of production on the highly anticipated sequel Top Gun: Maverick, to give the film its full name. The picture shows Cruise’s iconic character looking at his plane, with the words “Feel the need” emblazoned over the image, an reference to one of the most famous lines from the original film.
— Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) May 31, 2018
With a story set in the current time and dealing with very modern warfare, Maverick follows fighter pilots as they grapple with drone tech that is making their old style of flying obsolete. Cruise will reprise his character Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.
Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski will direct the sequel to the 1986 hit that made Cruise a global star. Kosinski has experience bringing beloved ’80s IP back to the big screen, having helmed 2010’s Tron: Legacy. Legendary German composer Harold Faltermeyer, who created the memorable synth score of Top Gun, is also returning to the production.
Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the Tony Scott-directed original, will return to produce the sequel, along with Skydance’s David Ellison and Cruise.
Sources confirmed to Variety on Thursday that the sequel had started filming in the U.S.
Although the plot is being kept under wraps, it’s been previously reported that Cruise’s character would now be a flight instructor and that the film would explore a world of drone technology, fifth-generation fighters and the end of the era of dog-fighting. Joseph Kosinski, who is directing the sequel, told ComingSoon.net in October that his approach would be “appropriate for the times we live in.”
“The navy is very different now than it was in 1986,” said Kosinski, who previously worked with Cruise on 2013 sci-fi pic “Oblivion.” “It’s just a different world now, so you can’t remake the first movie. It has to adapt, [but] I certainly want to re-create the experience of that movie, which gives you a front seat into the world of naval aviation and what it’s like to be in a fighter jet.”
Top Gun: Maverick is slated to hit theaters on July 12, 2019. Cruise’s next film Mission: Impossible – Fallout is being released on July 27.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
May 31st, 2018