It’s only appropriate that, on the same day two films born from the neon womb of the 80s release into theaters, we get an announcement regarding yet another project that’s cribbing straight from the glory days of side ponytails and slap bracelets. Or, rather, the high-flying times of being dangerous.
For whatever reason (cough, money, cough), Paramount is going ahead with their Top Gun sequel, which we’re all going to call Top Gun 2 until someone finally announces that it’s called Top Gun: Living Life Between Your Legs or similar. The studio is now reportedly in negotiations with X-Men: First Class and Thor scribblers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz to pen this latest iteration of dudes gone wild. If you’re looking for a plot, don’t come sniffing around here, as Variety says that details are “nil,” as the script has not even been written yet. What, was there no treatment? Maybe a model fighter jet emblazoned with key words? A volleyball with character names on it? In any case, who knows what the heck this film is about and how it will tie back into the 1986 original or if it will just focus on dweebs in trailers playing glorified video games that control fighter jets (whatever Tony Scott said a few months back, I don’t quite see that aspect being the center of the new film).
Though I was not the biggest fan of X-Men: First Class, I enjoyed its style and flair, something that any Top Gun flick needs in spades. Miller and Stentz have a solid genre background beyond just their comic book creds, having penned four episodes of Fringe, six episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and twenty episodes of Andromeda. What I am saying is, these guys are kind of nerdy, and that’s by far the most interesting thing I’ve heard about Top Gun: Regaining that Amorous Emotion yet. [Variety, /Film]