Sequels are a dime a dozen nowadays. Now this isn’t anything new with Hollywood, because they’ve always done this. Just not in the extreme, unapologetic, and unoriginal ways that they do today.
The rambunctious clamoring to re-produce reboots, sequels and prequels on old successful properties mitigates a lot of the financial risks since these old movies already have a built-in fan base. For some studio heads and producers, which projects they choose to produce is a big decision because their job security is always on the line if the movie bombs.
However, Tom Cruise just announced a sequel to his 80’s epic classic which many have been waiting for and you will surely get excited to know about it.
The New York Post reports:
“Looks like Tom Cruise still has the need for speed!
After years of speculation, the actor confirmed Tuesday that “Top Gun 2” is officially happening.
‘It’s true. Yea, it’s true,’ he said during an interview on the Australian morning show, Sunrise.
‘I’m going to start filming it, probably in the next year,’ the 54-year-old added, with a big grin across his face.
‘It’s happening, it is definitely happening.’
Cruise — who is promoting his upcoming re-boot of “The Mummy” — has been dodging Top Gun 2 rumors for decades.
But he was bombarded with even more questions last year about the possibility of a sequel as fans celebrated the 30th anniversary of the film.
‘We’re discussing it,’ Cruise told Graham Norton back in October. ‘We’re trying to figure it out.’
The comments came months after Top Gun producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted out a picture of Cruise and himself following a weekend of discussing ‘a little Top Gun 2.’
Val Kilmer, who starred alongside Cruise as Lt. Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazanski, has previously floated the idea of reprising his role — should there ever be a sequel.
‘Hell yes,’ the actor told a Reddit user during an AMA earlier this year, after being asked if he would agree to be in the sequel.
‘What a hoot it will be,’ he said. ‘(Cruise) was a sweetheart.’”
Although, the beloved character “Goose” played by Anthony Edwards obviously won’t be returning for the sequel because – spoiler alert – he dies in the original.
And in real life, Tony Scott, will also not be returning to the director’s chair because on August 19th, 2012, he tragically committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the San Pedro port district of Los Angeles.
However, Val Kilmer, who played “Iceman”, should be available to reprise his role for the sequel, but he too has had health issues recently. However, he was very open during a Reddit AMA where he attributed his Christian faith as the reason why he’s cancer-free now.
Fox News reported:
“I am very grateful for all the prayers and good thoughts from around the world,” he wrote.
‘People that know I am a Christian Scientist make the assumption that I have somehow endangered myself. But many many people have been healed by prayer throughout recorded history.
And many many people have died by whatever was modern medicine.’ Kilmer made it clear his religion has impacted how he faced the illness.”
Although Tony Scott will sadly not helm the film, maybe Ridley Scott would be willing to fill the director’s chair to honor his brother and cement his legacy with a great sequel.
But at least Cruise, and most likely Kilmer, will be back.