Top Gun convinced eight-year-old me that I wanted to be a fighter pilot in the Navy. Granted, I also wanted to be first baseman for the Oakland A’s and captain of the first manned mission to Mars, so it didn’t exactly take much to get added to the list of my future careers. I understood none of the profanity and was baffled why Maverick gave two shits about the annoying blonde instructor, but the F-14s made me feel funny in places I wasn’t supposed to be able to funny yet.
There is a five year age range of young boys from the eighties who will still insist that “hit the brakes and he’ll fly right by” was the greatest tactical innovation in military history.
I watched the film for the first time since the nineties a few months ago and was astonished first of all by how well it actually held up and second of all by the fact that having spent the better part of a decade living in San Diego in the interim, I recognized all the buildings and streets. The barracks Maverick walks out of after Goose’s death? That’s a piano school now. The building in the background is now a grocery store. When Charlie takes off in her convertible running red lights right before Berlin swells? I lived on the street she’s tearing down.
But nostalgia aside, we’re getting the movie that none of us have asked for or want: Top Gun 2.
Says disposable executive David Ellison:
Justin Marks is writing the screenplay right now. He has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy has turned into today. It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth generation fighters … It’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today. There is an amazing role for Maverick in the movie, and there is no ‘Top Gun’ without Maverick, and it is going to be Maverick playing Maverick.
So Tom Cruise will be back in the greatest role he ever had. Think Kelly McGillis will be his love interest?
Oh, that’s rich, you must be new to following Hollywood.
Here’s a new suggestion. Every single journalist out there who ever is in a position to ask a question about this movie? Don’t ask anything about the plot or Cruise, lead every single time asking about McGillis. Don’t make it a joke, ask it all in seriousness. Force the industry to confront their hypocritical bullshit on this.