Tom Cruise, the Maverick, may soon be back to charm all you young ladies! If Jerry Bruckheimer’s recent tweet is to be believed, he just had a rendezvous with megastar Tom Cruise and discussed Top Gun 2! Fans are ecstatic that the sequel to the 1986 film has his backing. Bruckheimer, 72, met Cruise in New Orleans to discuss the much awaited project, the Daily Mail has said. “Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend @TomCruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2,” Bruckheimer posted on his Twitter account. This May, Top Gun will be 30 years old. This classic starring Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer had made $356 million at the box office, and was produced with a relatively lower budget of $15 million.
— JERRY BRUCKHEIMER (@BRUCKHEIMERJB) January 26, 2016
This is not the first time Bruckheimer has talked about a sequel to Top Gun. In June, 2013, he had said: “For 30 years we’ve been trying to make a sequel and we’re not going to stop. We still want to do it with Tom Cruise and Paramount are still interested in making it. What Tom tells me is that no matter where he goes in the world, people refer to him as Maverick. It’s something he is excited about so as long as he keeps his enthusiasm hopefully we’ll get it made,” Flickeringmyth had said.
As is the case with any successful movie, there have been talks of a sequel for a very long time, but they never materialized. The talks completely stopped after Tony Scott, the Top Gun director, committed suicide in 2012. There were talks again about the movie when Tom Cruise had expressed his desire to “get back into those jets,” says Daily Mail. The other star of the movie, Val Kilmer (Iceman), Tom Cruise’s rival in Top Gun, revealed last year in on Facebook that he had said “yes” to Top Gun 2. “It’s starring Gene Hackman… Yes. The director is Francis Coppola… Yes!”, his post had said. The post brought a lot of confusion for the Top Gun fans.
David Ellison, from Skydance Productions, had said sometime in 2015 that the new film “is very much set in today where we have drone technology and fifth-generation fighters. It’s exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots,” Daily Mail has said.
The movie is often looked at that film which catapulted Tom Cruise to a superstar status. Although Tom Cruise did not win any awards for his performance, the movie caught on with the youth and went on to become a huge success. It won a nomination for Best Music, Original Song, for its original song, “Take My Breath Away.” Social media was abuzz with excited fans re-tweeting the Jerry Bruckheimer post. One avid fan also posted a movie ticket dating back to 1987.
Read about Top Gun 2 today and then in the course of decluttering came across my ticket to the original! pic.twitter.com/6pr70n5NSl
— Adam Cooper (@adamcooperF1) January 27, 2016
This sort of fan following is reserved for a very select few superstars in the world, and Tom Cruise happens to be one of them. In a book, Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon Shapes and Censors the Movies, by David Robb, movie producer John Davis had claimed that the Tom Cruise starring movie led to a surge in the number of young men who wanted to join Naval Aviators. The Cruise movie also spawned a number of video games and for various platforms. Will Top Gun 2 be able to relive to the expectation of its prequel? Will Tom Cruise show is magic again? All that remains to be seen!
Top Gun‘s OST track, “Take My Breath Away,” was a runaway hit. All his fans are hoping Tom Cruise will bring that magic again in Top Gun 2.
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