So that “Top Gun : Maverick” could go into production, it took more than thirty years and a certain day in 2017 when Tom Cruise took charge.
Top Gun : Mavericka sequel that took its time
The success of Top Gun was dazzling, with an immediate impact in pop culture and reaching the top of the world box office in 1986 (353 million dollars in revenue). Naturally, a sequel is quickly imagined, but everything is already going too fast.
Indeed, for Tom Cruise, Top Gun brings him into another dimension. He continues with Cocktail, Rain Man, Born on July 4 and thunder days in 1990, for which he reunited with Tony Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. For their part, the latter two also benefit enormously from the success of Top Gun and followed up with Beverly Hills Cop 2 in 1987.
During these years, problems of logistics and the very high stamp requested by Tom Cruise prevent the sequel from being concretely developed. The other projects jostle and the actor, the director and the producer will flourish each on their side in the 90s.
It was then at the turn of the 2010s that the project for a sequel took concrete form, on the initiative of Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott, with Christopher McQuarrie writing the screenplay. But on August 19, 2012, Tony Scott killed himself. He leaves orphaned a whole generation of fans of his cinemaand the desired project of a new film Top Gun pauses. In 2013, Jerry Bruckheimer provides however :
We’ve been trying to do a sequel for almost 30 years and we’re not going to stop. We still want to do it with Tom and Paramount is interested in producing it. (…) He has been thinking about it for a long time so as long as he has this desire we hope to be able to do it.
A few more years pass, before in 2017 the situation is unblocked for good and that Top Gun : Maverick quickly take shape.
When Tom Cruise pulls out the phone
In the spring of 2017, while Tom Cruise is filming Mission Impossible: Fallout in Paris, on the other side of the Atlantic Joseph Kosinski introduces himself to Jerry Bruckheimer with the first elements of Top Gun : Maverick. The producer then attempts a gamble. He flies away with Joseph Kosinski for Paris and the two men meet Tom Cruise. “Mr. Blockbuster” tells it in an interview given to The Hollywood Reporter.
Joe Kosinski had a lookbook, a poster and the title “Top Gun : Maverick”, and he told Tom about the evolution of the character and the story he wanted to tell. So Tom looked at him, took out his phone, called the Paramount boss directly and said : “I want to make a new Top Gun.” And that was it. That’s where it all started.
Given the actor’s hectic pace of work and his entire involvement in the franchise Impossible mission, Joseph Kosinski’s proposal might as well have been swept away. But Tom Cruise was immediately convinced, and we can measure on this simple phone call her hollywood superstar power.
And as written Slash Moviereporting the words of a Paramount executive: “Tom says what he wants and the studio says what he wants. And then Tom gets what he asked for.” A punchline all the more amusing as it is undoubtedly very true…