Justin Marks, writer behind Disney’s new live-action version of The Jungle Book, is reportedly in negotiations to work on Top Gun 2.
The move, reports THR, will kick-start the long-awaited sequel and comes after the recent arrival of producer Jerry Bruckheimer at Paramount Pictures. After years with a studio deal at Disney, Bruckheimer moved to Paramount in April. David Ellison of Skydance is also producing, with the production company’s Dana Goldberg as exec producer.
Tom Cruise is slated to return as ace pilot Maverick in a story that will purportedly show the relevance of human pilots in a war environment that is rapidly becoming dominated by unmanned drones and electronic warfare.
Peter Craig, writer of Ben Affleck’s The Town, worked on a draft a few years ago but the project lost some jet fuel with the death of director Tony Scott in 2012. With Bruckheimer on board it now seems like things may be moving again.
Still not sure this is a good thing, though. Maybe the ‘classics’ should just be left alone. And since Tom Cruise was too short to see out of the cockpit of an F-14 I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t fare any better with the newer F-18E and F-35C…