Top Gun 2 officially begins production

Top Gun 2 officially begins production

0 comments 📅01 June 2018, 00:10

Tom Cruise has heralded the start of shooting on Paramount’s long-anticipated Top Gun sequel. Cruise tweeted an image featuring his character, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, looking at a fighter jet down the tarmac.

The teaser image for “Top Gun: Maverick,” which Cruise also posted on his Instagram page, featured the legend “Feel the need,” accompanied by the hashtag #Day1.

Sources confirmed to Variety on Thursday that the sequel had started filming in the US.

Although the plot is being kept under wraps, it’s been previously reported that Cruise’s character would now be a flight instructor and that the film would explore a world of drone technology, fifth-generation fighters and the end of the era of dog-fighting. Joseph Kosinski, who is directing the sequel, said that his approach would be “appropriate for the times we live in.”

“The navy is very different now than it was in 1986,” said Kosinski, who previously worked with Cruise on Oblivion. “It’s just a different world now, so you can’t remake the first movie. It has to adapt, [but] I certainly want to re-create the experience of that movie, which gives you a front seat into the world of naval aviation and what it’s like to be in a fighter jet.”

“Gotta push the edge of the envelope Goose..!”

So, fans may well be wondering are we just going to get another version of the God-awful Stealth (2005)..? I mean seriously, how exciting can flying drones remotely from a desk thousands of miles away actually be..?

That said, those eagle-eyed folk at TheAviationist spotted that Cruise was wearing the flight suit with a TOPGUN patch on his shoulder and what appears to be an F/A-18F Super Hornet in the background. This seems to suggest “Maverick” retains a pilot role (and possibly he’s still assigned to the US Navy Naval Fighter Weapons School even though the patch may only mean he graduated there) and that he flies the Super Hornet and not an F-35C, the US Navy’s most modern aircraft, as most had predicted.

And if you want to be super nerdy, “Mav” has his famous HGU-33 helmet in his hand even though that kind of old-fashioned helmet has long been replaced within the US Navy and other air arms around the world by the more modern Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System or HGU-68/P helmets.

Joseph Kosinski is directing it…the man behind the disappointing TRON: Legacy (2010) and the significantly more impressive Oblivion (2013). Eric Warren Singer, who wrote Kosinski’s 2017 Only the Brave, worked on the screenplay alongside Peter Craig (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) and Justin Marks (The Jungle Book).

No other casting has yet been announced.

Top Gun: Maverick is scheduled for release on July 12, 2019.

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