“Top Gun” producer Jerry Br–
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Producer Jerry Bruckheimer says the plot of the long awaited “Top Gun” sequel will pit Tom Cruise’s Maverick against Barack Obama’s drone program. Well, not really, but the premise of TG2 is that Mav and his fellow shirtless pilots still have the savvy and the instincts that these damn, dirty drones just can’t recreate.
“The concept is, basically, are the pilots obsolete because of drones. Cruise is going to show them that they’re not obsolete. They’re here to stay,” Bruckheimer said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “It’s just getting to the starting place. Fortunately for Tom, he’s very busy, so you have to find a slot he can fit into and get a budget that Paramount feels they can make the picture.”
If my math is right, Mav is now in his 38th year as a naval aviator, OR he’s totally bummed that Kelly McGillis was into chicks this whole time and became a beleaguered, old bartender in Fighter Town, USA. Praying for the latter. I can see it now.
(Interior shot. Maverick sits behind the bar, sweaty from his third beach volleyball match of the day. The door swings open.)
Maverick: (Slowly turns around) Ice…man?
Iceman: Mav, I need your help, goddamnit.
Maverick: I’m retired.
Iceman: I heard that about you. You don’t like to work anymore.
Maverick: Not since… (“Playing With The Boys” begins softly playing in the background.)
Iceman: The government wants to expand the drone program and totally eliminate the Navy’s aviation program. Top Gun would be dead. You made a promise to me that you’d be my wingman. It’s time you lived up to that and stopped living in the past.
Maverick: There’s only one way to settle this.
(Cut to shirtless, one-on-one beach volleyball game. Pitbull’s “Don’t Stop The Party” plays.)
Turns out that none of this may happen, as Tom Cruise is reportedly out of any future “Top Gun” project(s) after the tragic death of the original director, Tony Scott. In an interview earlier this week, Cruise only said, “We’ll see.”
You know Rick Rossovich is in, though.
All I know is that if they screw this up, even a little bit, I hope Bruckheimer and his crew have to start flying a plane full of rubber dog shit out of Hong Kong.
[via The Huffington Post]