Val Kilmer ready to ‘fire up some fighter jets’ for Top Gun sequel, but he’s not in yet

top gun 2 tom cruise jerry bruckheimer
Updated on 11-17-2015 by Parker Hall: Val Kilmer has announced, via a weird Facebook status update, that he may be co-starring in the long-anticipated, much-discussed sequel to Top Gun. In signature Kilmer fashion the actor who played “Ice Man” in the original film claims he received a call from his agent about reprising his role to which he said “Yes,” but then backs off, saying nothing is final and apologizing for “jumping the topgun.”

Here’s Kilmer’s official post below:

I just got offered #topgun2 – not often you get to say “yes” without reading the script…”It’s starring Gene…

Posted by Val Kilmer on Monday, November 16, 2015

Nearly a a year since it was announced that screenwriter Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li) was working on a sequel to Top Gun, a presser for Terminator Genisys delivered the first official update on the project courtesy of the film’s producers.

During the press junket, Skydance Productions CEO David Ellison and CCO Dana Goldberg were asked about the status of the Top Gun sequel during a group interview, and offered some hints about what to expect when Tom Cruise’s hotshot fighter pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell returns to the big screen.

“Justin Marks is writing the screenplay right now,” said Ellison (as reported by Collider). “He has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy has turned into today. … When you look at the world of dogfighting, what’s interesting about it is that it’s not a world that exists to the same degree when the original movie came out. … It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth-generation fighters are really what the United States Navy is calling the last man-made fighter that we’re actually going to produce. So it’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today.”

Ellison also confirmed that Cruise will be returning for more than a cameo role in the film, stating that “there is no Top Gun without Maverick, and it is going to be Maverick playing Maverick.”

While neither Ellison nor Goldberg could confirm that the film will be shot in 3D and/or IMAX, both producers agreed that it would make sense for a project like this one. The producers also agreed that Cruise was likely to push for as much use of practical effects as possible.

“As everyone knows with Tom, he is 100-percent going to want to be in those airplanes shooting it practically,” said Ellison. Cruise is famous for doing his own stunts, including a high-flying turn of a different kind in the latest Mission: Impossible sequel, in which Cruise is strapped to the outside of a jet as it takes off. We can only imagine he’ll want to show something similarly daring in his return to the franchise that solidified his super-stardom.

“I don’t think [it will be] what people are going to expect, and we are very, very hopeful that we get to make the movie very soon,” he added. “But like all things, it all comes down to the script, and Justin is writing as we speak.”

There’s currently no start of production scheduled for the Top Gun sequel, and no release date at this point.

Gaming

Joker from ‘Persona 5’ will take your heart in ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’

Joker, the leader of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts from Persona 5, will arrive to Super Smash Bros. as its first DLC character. The announcement was a surprising one, because Persona 5 is a PlayStation 4 exclusive.
Home Theater

The best Dolby Atmos movies for your home theater sound as good as they look

If you've got your hands on some sweet Dolby Atmos gear, the next step is to find films that take advantage of it. These are our picks in every genre for the best Dolby Atmos movies currently available on Blu-ray and streaming services.
Gaming

Trash at 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'? Use this guide to train up and get good

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the biggest game in the entire series, and it can be overwhelming for newcomers not used to the universe-colliding fighting game. Here's what you need to know when you're starting.
Movies & TV

'Stranger Things' season 3 teaser reveals the new episodes' titles

With a sophomore season as strong as its first, Stranger Things is now moving on to season 3. Here's everything we've learned so far about the Netflix series' upcoming third season.
Home Theater

What’s new on Netflix and what’s leaving in January 2019

Our complete list of what's new on Netflix for January 2019 and which titles will be removed will help you catch up on your bingeing, and also ensure you don't miss any titles heading into the streaming ether.
Movies & TV

Our first look at 'The Punisher' season 2 hints at January 2019 premiere

The Punisher is getting a second season on Netflix, with Jon Bernthal returning to play Marvel Comics' gun-toting antihero, Frank Castle. Here's everything we know about season 2 of The Punisher so far.
Movies & TV

'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' is one of the hero's best movies ever

One of Spider-Man's most memorable big-screen adventures, animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse simultaneously feels like nothing we've ever seen before and a tale that feels familiar in all the best ways.
Movies & TV

Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel conjures up a director and a release date

Doctor Strange director and co-writer Scott Derrickson will return to helm the Sorcerer Supreme's next big-screen adventure. Filming will begin in 2020, after Strange's mysterious Avengers: Endgame fate is resolved.
Movies & TV

Pedro Pascal officially cast as 'The Mandalorian' as Disney show fills out cast

The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars series planned for Disney's streaming video service, will be one of the most expensive television shows ever made. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Movies & TV

A ‘Venom’ sequel is on its way, and Spider-Man could play a role

'Venom' screenwriter Jeff Pinker confirms that a follow-up to Sony's Spider-Man spin-off is in the works. Could a certain friendly neighborhood webslinger join the action? Pinker says that it's "not impossible."
Home Theater

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ season 2 gets a new, Spock-heavy trailer

CBS has released a new trailer for Star Trek: Discovery season 2, which premieres January 17 on CBS All Access. The new trailer features series newcomers Spock and Christopher Pike prominently.
Movies & TV

Netflix is testing an instant scene-replay feature, but would you use it?

Ever felt like Netflix was missing a scene-replay button? The company is currently trialing a feature that lets you skip back to the start of the scene you just watched, though early tests appear to be annoying some viewers.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Movies & TV

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of ‘The X-Files’ with the show’s 10 best episodes

The X-Files premiered 25 years ago, so here are the 10 best episodes of the award-winning sci-fi series. From alien-abduction drama to hilarious satires, these are the best episodes from all 11 seasons of the hit series.