May 28, 2017

Tony Scott directing the “Top Gun” sequel?

By Sean O’Connell When word broke that “The Usual Suspects” writer Christopher McQuarrie had been tapped to punch up a “Top Gun” sequel treatment, most wondered if Tom Cruise would return. Today, however, we’re learning that another crucial element to the original film intends to join the sequel, which could help Cruise make a decision.

While promoting his upcoming action thriller “Unstoppable” over the weekend, “Top Gun” director Tony Scott told What’s Playing (via The Playlist) that he “has agreed” to direct the sequel. He did not comment any further, though, and wouldn’t mention if Cruise was involved.

We’re coming up on the 25th anniversary of “Top Gun,” which Scott directed in 1986. Lately, he has been on a train kick, helming a “Taking of Pelham 123” remake and the new “Unstoppable.”

If, indeed, Scott is directing the sequel, it’s unclear when he could begin production. He has been attached to an adaptation of Deborah Scroggins’ “Emma’s War” for some time, while recent reports also had the director circling Mark Millar’s “Nemesis.”

We may not know much more about a “Top Gun” sequel, but it’s safe to predict that if Scott does direct, he’ll find a role for frequent collaborator Denzel Washington.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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