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“Top Gun” sequel in works, with part ready for Tom Cruise


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Christopher McQuarrie feels the need … the need for speed!

Why should that concern us? Because the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Usual Suspects,” “Valkyrie” and December’s “The Tourist” has been asked to punch up a sequel to the campy flyboy fairy tale “Top Gun” for producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott. According to Vulture, there’ll even be a small role for original Maverick, Tom Cruise.

We hear that Cruise has to agreed to take a smaller role in the film, provided it’s not too “obvious” a part, i.e. Lt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell as grizzled Top Gun flight instructor. – Vulture reports.

A reboot of a long-dormant franchise isn’t a novel concept. In today’s idea-starved industry, recent reboots or remakes of valued ‘80s properties such as “The A-Team” or “The Karate Kid” even have shown the ability to turn a healthy profit, when treated properly.

Eyeing McQuarrie is a good first step. Beyond “Tourist,” his treatment of a “Wolverine” sequel reportedly has 20th Century Fox executives celebrating. That script must be impressive if Fox was able to use it to lure Darren Aronofsky into the mutant universe (or, at least, consider it).

And Cruise could use the boost that normally comes with revisiting an old role. “Knight & Day” underperformed at the summer box office. The last picture the once-bankable actor carried past the $100 million mark was “Mission: Impossible III” in 2006.

What do you think? Do you want to see a new “Top Gun” film? Could Chris Pine, who’s already in the Paramount “family,” make a cocky sparring partner for elder statesman Cruise? Stay tuned.

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