Word of a sequel to Tony Scott’s Top Gun started bubbling up a few years ago. At the time, most believed Tom Cruise would only be returning for a small role and that the film would center on a new young group of pilots. Movement on the sequel began to pick up in the ensuing months, and as recently as February we learned that Peter Craig (The Town) was working on a script for the sequel that would feature Cruise in a starring role and would see Scott return as director.
Paramount President Adam Goodman recently sat down for an extended conversation with THR and he provided updates on a slew of upcoming projects including Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, World War Z, One Shot, another entry in the Mission: Impossible franchise, and the aforementioned Top Gun sequel. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
When asked about the status of another entry in the Mission: Impossible series following Brad Bird’s immensely successful Ghost Protocol, Goodman told THR that Top Gun 2 is actually more likely to shoot before Cruise does another Mission: Impossible:
“We’ll likely make a Top Gun sequel with Tom Cruise first. Jerry Bruckheimer would produce, with Tony Scott returning to direct. All parties are moving ahead. We’ve hired Peter Craig to write the script.”
When asked about Darren Aronofsky’s big-budget iteration of the Biblical tale, Noah, (which just locked Russell Crowe in the starring role), Goodman dropped a bit of casting news and revealed the rating:
“It will be a big, robust production and will have tremendous scale. It’s the perfect combination of casting [Russell Crowe, Saoirse Ronan and Jennifer Connelly] and a remarkable adventure. This isn’t what you think of when you think of Darren, but it will be very true to him as a filmmaker. It will be PG-13 and will likely cost around $125 million.”
While a PG-13 rating isn’t surprising given the source material, this is the first we’ve heard about Ronan’s involvement. Rumors swirled that Jennifer Connelly might take a role but they were less than solid, but the two actresses would make wonderful additions to the cast. Since the actors’ names are in brackets and not direct quotes from Goodman, there’s a slight chance that THR made an unfounded assumption, but I’m hoping Ronan and Connelly are officially set to start.
Goodman was asked about the release date shuffle for the Brad Pitt-fronted World War Z, and he cited the franchise potential of Tom Cruise’s One Shot as a reason for the swap:
“[World War Z] is an action-adventure movie with a lot of extreme ideas — i.e., a world war with zombies — so it felt more like a summer tentpole. One Shot, starring Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher, seemed like a great Christmas opportunity, so we moved that up. We see One Shot, based on Lee Child’s novels, as a potential franchise.”
All in all, Paramount looks to have some solid titles heading our way over the next few years. I suggest you read Goodman’s full interview over at THR, in which he provides brief updates on Transformers 4, the Jack Ryan reboot, and his plans for Nickelodeon and the studio’s foray into animation.