By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist October 14, 2011 at 8:38AM
Well, this is an interesting development. Long talked about, though seeming more like a pipe dream than an actual thing, there is now real, actual movement on "Top Gun 2." Strap in folks.
"X-Men: First Class" writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have been tapped to pen the script for the sequel, though the announcement is mostly interesting for what it doesn't mention. For one, Christopher McQuarrie confirmed last year that he had written a script in which Tom Cruise's Maverick was still a central character saying, “There is no 'Top Gun 2' in which Maverick is not the starring role.” There's no word if Miller and Stentz are rewriting his script or starting from scratch. And what about mooted directed Tony Scott? Yep, no mention of him either. He too was linked to the director's chair in 2010 and contradicting McQuarrie somewhat, he said it's not a sequel.
“It’s not even a reinvention, it’s not even a sequel. It’s a re-thinking,” Scott said cryptically. “What inspired me is that the world today is great, it’s so different from the world we touched originally. It’s really run by guys sitting in Nevada on computers playing war games.”
So then, what is this? Reboot, spinoff, reimagining? Who knows. Not even Tom Cruise has committed to anything yet. So don't get your jets all in a lather just yet. However, Jerry Bruckheimer and David Ellison are producing the project which is set up over at Paramount, so this still is a real deal thing. We'd guess that the picky Tom Cruise is looking for some options and wants the material to be right before he brings Maverick back. [Variety]