Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie Says Maverick Is the Star of TOP GUN 2

     October 26, 2010


Huge Top Gun 2 stories have flown onto our radar the past couple weeks, with reports that scribe Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) had been tapped for screenwriting duties and Tony Scott’s confirmation that he’ll be returning to the director’s chair both breaking. The initial belief was that McQuarrie had incorporated Tom Cruise’s Maverick character in a minor appearance and in hopes of avoiding the cameo from being deemed overtly “obvious”. Now McQuarrie has sent a polite revision of this rumor over to Vulture. His statement: “There is no Top Gun 2 in which Maverick is not the starring role.” Assuming his screenplay is left unscathed and welcomed by all parties involved, it sounds like Tom Cruise is to be expected back in his on-screen pilot’s seat after all. Now we just need to get Iceman on board as his wingman.

Hit the jump for more on Top Gun 2.

Top Gun 2 will be developed by Jerry Bruckheimer with Paramount and its financing partner, Skydance Productions. Scott is circling a variety of projects, one of which he’ll complete before setting his sights on Top Gun 2. His next film, Unstoppable, hits theaters November 12th.

Scott has said this with regards to what he’d like to examine in the post-millennial Air Force:

“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.”

It is unknown whether McQuarrie and Scott have been collaborating on drafts, but assuming this is the case and Top Gun 2 does in fact see the return of Maverick, where would he fit in a story about a fraternity of nerds who pilot aircraft in live combat like it’s a videogame? To me, it sounds vaguely reminiscent of a present-day Ender’s Game. Will we watch an obsolete Maverick struggle to get his bearings on his career as he plays babysitter? Leave your thoughts below.


  • Wswanson13

    If Tom Cruise could just do a couple of movies that are directed/written well than he’s golden. I didn’t see Knight and Day, but I’m routing for Tom to get back on track, MI:4 or whatever their calling it will help somewhat since it’s been around since 96′. So I’m not counting MI:, but if we can get the Tom Cruise before the couch incident on screen in two or three movies in a row it’s over (in a good way).

  • NP Fernandes

    Completely agree with Wswanson13. Tom Cruise is still a shinning star. Knight and Day was a very good film and Tom Cruise was the best of it, super-charming. I trust McQuarrie and Scott on this one. And Jerry Bruckheimer, the man who rarely fails. Hope this to be good!!

  • EnsigndesIgn

    Somethings they should just leave alone. Top gun was perfect there is no need to ruin that.

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  • ToneTFfan

    Time to go verticle again Mav! Go get’em! :D

    Excited! Do it! Make it gritty and real. If you need credibility: add Seal Team 6!


  • aterni

    I agree – leave well enough alone. Film makers use CGI like it’s fairy dust thinking it magically makes a good movie. If they do that with Top Gun II (and they will), it will be a pitiful but financially successful flop. Break out the glue and plastic models I say.

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  • Jennifer Gilbert”Jennifire”

    THE BEST film of the century returns…totally MAGESTIC.!!!.Top Gun 2, who is not stoked about this rocket hot rush?