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Paramount Honcho Says 'Top Gun 2' Will Come Before 'Mission: Impossible 5'

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 26, 2012 1:53 PM
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It's not exactly shocking that once "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" stormed out of the gate at the box office last winter, confirming that Tom Cruise had his box office mojo back and was in full form, that Paramount wanted to stay in business with the actor. It wasn't long before word came out that the studio was already contemplating not only another adventure for Ethan Hunt, but one for Maverick as well in the shape of the long-developing "Top Gun 2." But considering 'Ghost Protocol' is the best entry in the series so far, both critically and commerically, we figured that would be the one to go first. Not so fast.

Chatting with THR, Paramount honcho Adam Goodman reveals, "We'll likely make a Top Gun sequel with Tom Cruise first. Jerry Bruckheimer would produce, with Tony Scott returning to direct. All parties are moving ahead. We've hired Peter Craig to write the script." It's a bit surprising, though it does make some sense. There's no writer or director for 'Mission' follow-up yet, while Tony Scott has been attached to "Top Gun 2" since 2010, and the project as a whole is probably further along the development chain, even if Craig was only hired last month.

But those aren't the only movies Paramount is hoping will mean more Cruise in years to come. The studio is also behind the upcoming Christopher McQuarrie-directed thriller "One Shot." "We see 'One Shot,' based on Lee Child's novels, as a potential franchise," Goodman said and well, that's a no brainer. There are already seventeen books in the series about the mysterious ex-military man and drifter who uses his skills to help those in need. So of course, if that movie is the hit it should be, it's no shock that Paramount will want more.

But none of these are going to start rolling with any kind of speed until 2013. Cruise is booked for the the rest of the year on Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion," which he'll follow with Doug Liman's "All You Need Is Kill." But in case you had any doubt, Tom Cruise is back and arguably bigger than ever.

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  • W.Taylor | April 27, 2012 12:50 AMReply

    Rock of Ages
    One Shot
    All You Need Is Kill
    Top Gun 2
    Mission Impossible
    Les Grossman Project

    Now we're talking. I've been a fan since TAPS and your relentlessness and dedication inspires me!!

  • JOSIE | April 26, 2012 3:25 PMReply

    Valkyrie was great by the way and Rock of Ages will Rock!

  • Josie | April 26, 2012 3:23 PMReply

    Young lead will ruin Top Gun and it won't be a sequel! My idea is make no compromise and write script with Tom Cruise in a lead role and no Val Kilmer in the movie (terrible shape now). I can't think of any other original cast returning. Top Gun fans are still here and will be more international fans now. Movie is a classic!!

  • Josie | April 26, 2012 3:55 PM

    Sorry, that part was in response to KT.

  • easy company | April 26, 2012 3:37 PM

    you cant read or what??
    there wont be a young male lead in TG 2,Cruise is the lead

  • KT | April 26, 2012 2:42 PMReply

    "But in case you had any doubt, Tom Cruise is back and arguably bigger than ever."

    Good grief, let some young actors eat.

  • jimmiescoffee | April 26, 2012 2:14 PMReply

    in my opinion, tom cruise has made nothing but good movies for the past 5-8 years (including valkyrie, MI and knight and day) so the idea of a big budget top gun 2 sounds like fun.

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