UPDATED on July 3, 2017:
Paramount Pictures has announced that the sequel to Top Gun starring its original lead Tom Cruise is set for a July 12, 2019 release. Top Gun: Maverick will be brought to life by Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy) and Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl), as Deadline reports.
Original article below:
"I feel the need...the need for speed!"
If you were a child of the 80s, or at least had a sibling, cousin, friend or parent who was, you've definitely been exposed to your fair share of 1986's Top Gun.
Now, over 30 years later, Tom Cruise has confirmed that the long-rumored sequel for the fighter pilot cult favorite is very much in the works, with filming scheduled to begin imminently.
The late legendary film critic Roger Ebert had this to say about reviewing Top Gun in 1986:
"Movies like Top Gun are hard to review because the good parts are so good and the bad parts are so relentless. The dogfights are absolutely the best since Clint Eastwood's electrifying aerial scenes in Firefox.
But look out for the scenes where the people talk to one another."
I mean, what else is there to say? Ebert perfectly defined what Top Gun is: one of those "so bad it's so good" films that you initially want to hate but end up memorizing its every line.
Lots of great young Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise screen-time, a really predictable cheesy romantic subplot, some straight up terrible dialogue and, of course, plenty of jet fighter action (oh yeah, and the Top Gun soundtrack is f****ng legendary):
Earlier this week on an Australian morning show promoting The Mummy, Tom Cruise finally confirmed the rumors that a Top Gun 2 is happening, and probably sooner than most expected:
"It's true, I'm going to start probably in the next year. I know, it's happening. It's definitely happening.
You're the first people I've said it to. You asked me and so I'm telling you."
That's about as many details as we have for now. No word yet on if original Top Gun producer Jerry Bruckheimer will be on board, but it'd be a total shock if he wasn't.
The only other thing slotted on Tom Cruise's plate for next year is a sixth Mission Impossible project, so he should have plenty of time to make Top Gun 2 live up to the original.