Late last night, Val Kilmer posted a Facebook message confirming he’d be back for Top Gun 2 (yes, there’s a Top Gun 2), sending the interwebosphere into a tizzy because he implied Francis Ford Coppola was directing and Gene Hackman was starring, but let’s not even go there.
Let’s talk about how dumb an idea Top Gun 2 is. You already know what the plot will be: Maverick and Iceman are teachers, there are a couple of cocky students who mirror their instructors’ rivalry; somebody gets hurt, someone falls in love and bam, we’re left snoring on the couch. Come on, now. Cruise has his Mission Impossible/science fiction thing going, Val has…that Untitled Terrence Malick Project and a close personal relationship with Coppola; these two don’t need to come back for some midlife crisis movie (Guys, if you really want to work together again, maybe fly a little higher; I hear Ridley’s going back to space). Besides, we can think of at least five other 80s pairings better reunited than Iceman and Maverick.
Jack Burton and Wang Chi (Kurt Russell, Dennis Dun), Big Trouble in Little China
Talk about top guns…
Jack Cates and Reggie Hammond (Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy), 48 Hours
Sally Albright and Harry Burns (Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal), When Harry Met Sally
Billy Ray Valentine and Louis Winthorpe (Eddie Murphy, Dan Akroyd), Trading Places
Zack Mayo and Paula Pokrifki (Richard Gere, Debra Winger), An Officer and a Gentleman
Bonus: Because Burt really misses Sally:
Carrie and Bo Darville (Sally Field, Burt Reynolds), Smokey and the Bandit II (because the original was made in 1977)