Well, Tom Cruise shocked the world again Tuesday morning during an interview on the Australian talk show Sunrise. The 54-year-old actor confirmed that a sequel to the 1986 film ‘Top Gun‘ is definitely happening.
He revealed that filming would probably begin “in the next year,” which means we could be looking at a 2019 release date, possibly late 2018 if they really get moving with it.
According to sources who talked with Variety, Joseph Kosinski is the frontrunner to direct this sequel. He directed Cruise in the 2013 film ‘Oblivion,” which received mixed reviews from critics, but made a lot of money at the box office.
No official offer has been sent out to Kosinski, but the sources say it could happen very soon.
“Cruise met with potential helmers prior to and while filming ‘Mission Impossible: 6’ in London to ensure the ‘Top Gun’ sequel was ready to go after production wrapped. Even with Cruise and Kosinski having previously worked together on the 2013 sci-fi action film, sources say it was Kosinski’s vision the sequel’s direction that officially won him the job.”
As mentioned above, the original film was released back in 1986. If the sequel is released in 2019, that will put it 33 years after the original.
That’s a long time. I mean, if someone was 50 when the original was released, that means they’ll either be dead or 83 when the sequel comes out, and let’s face it…there aren’t a lot of 83-year-olds hitting up the movie theater.
But the original film still has a lot of young fans. I’ve seen the film at least 5 times and I was born after it was released, so there will still be a large audience for this sequel.
We’ll keep you posted as more information is released.