When people ask me what my favorite movie is, my usual response is “The Shawshank Redemption.” I mean, it’s the perfect story of friendship, hope and salvation; it’s a socially acceptable choice that garners respect. But, if I’m truthful, the film that captures my heart, the one I will watch over and over again is the highest grossing movie of 1986, the Tom Cruise classic Top Gun. It has something for everyone – an amazing soundtrack (Danger Zone might be the best song ever written), hot guys (seriously, Tom Cruise was delish back in the day), cute girls (as was Kelli McGinnis before she went butch), action (all of the fighter jet scenes), comedy (“You’ve lost that loving feeling….”), romance (although this was my least favorite part of the entire movie), and drama (if you didn’t cry when Goose dies or when Maverick throws his dog tags into the ocean, you have no soul). And now, almost 30 years after the masses originally felt the need for speed, it’s finally time for Top Gun 2.
According to Variety, Skydance CEO David Ellison told reporters during a press event in Berlin for “Terminator Genisys” that the long-awaited sequel is finally happening. Ellison said that the screenplay is being written and will include such modern concepts as drone warfare. He also essentially confirmed that Tom Cruise is going to be back to play everyone’s favorite fighter pilot, saying “There is an amazing role for Maverick in the movie, and there is no Top Gun without Maverick, and it’s going to be Maverick playing Maverick.”
It may be my ego writing checks my body can’t cash, but I’m not sure if the sequel can take my breath away like the original. Maybe it will take to me to bed and lose me forever, or maybe I’ll hit the brakes and it’ll fly right by. One thing I do know – if you didn’t get any of the references in this last paragraph, do me a favor and stay home when the sequel comes out – you aren’t worthy of the greatness of Top Gun.
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