Tony Scott wants new Top Gun film
I struggle to believe this, but when there are quotes attributed directly to Tony Scott then it has to be true. The original director is returning to make a follow up film to Top Gun.
There's been talk of a new Top Gun film, but it wouldn't be a direct sequel and would have to look at pilot training in a new light, after all the school of Top Gun isn't what it used to be and the call nowadays is for pilots for bombing runs rather than aerial combat.
When the story came out that the studio were looking at a sequel to the classic Top Gun it seemed a stretch that they could make it work and that Tony Scott would return to the classic Top Gun, but then if we think about it we're seeing his brother return to the Alien series he started off.
He seems to be keen to make the film, well more than keen, he's already researching it, although his angle is somewhat different to the way that it was originally thought that the film would go. It won't be the Top Gun school changing to teach their pilots bombing runs, but it will be the change of fighter pilots from hands on to flying drones.
”These computer geeks -- these kids play war games in a trailer in Fallon, Nevada and if we ever went to war or were in the Middle East or the Far East or wherever it is, these guys can actually fly drones. They are unmanned aircraft. They operate them and then they party all night...This world fascinated me, because it's so different from what it was originally...”
He revealed that he's already doing research, and very actively it sounds:
”I'm not waiting for a script. I'm going to do my homework. I'm going down to I think it's Fallon, Nevada, down near New Mexico and it's a whole different world now...”
However there's a little contradiction in what direction the film will take. While he says the following about the next film:
”But, I don't want to do a remake. I don't want to do a reinvention. I want to do a new movie.”
He also says that it's the fighter pilots from the era of Top Gun that are now the test pilots flying these new drones when they were first brought in, ensuring that they were operational and handled like the real thing. Now that does sound like a nice segue from the old Top Gun pilots to these new drone pilots, and it does feel like that's where the most tension and internal conflict could be, where the computer based pilots and the real fighter pilots clash.
Of course there are other aspects to delve into, the psychological impact of total disassociation with your targets and kills, and the fact that it doesn't matter if you get shot down you can fly another one (well, okay there's the cost price, but not much else). There's a lot more to analyse there, but a lot less machismo and ego other than a scorecard on the wall.
There will be other iterations of the script, after all this is Tony Scott looking at the idea independently and with him telling us it won't be his next film and might be a few away, this isn't going to be racing into production. Remember that Christopher McQuarrie is writing the first version of the script just now, so things can easily change.
Could a Top Gun of drone pilots really work? I think that's concrete news now though, the Top Gun sequel is on.