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What does Tony Scott want for “Top Gun 2”?

Director Tony Scott does not want Top Gun 2 to be a remake or reinvention. Rather, he wants the sequel to focus on what has happened to the fighter pilots since the Cold War-centric original film from the 1980s. Tom Cruise may or may not be returning for the film.

Scott has confirmed that this will not be his next film and that it might follow his next project. He is apparently looking for inspiration already, however, despite not having a script. Here’s what he had to say to HitFix about the upcoming sequel:

“I’m not waiting for a script. I’m going to do my homework. I’m going down to I think it’s Fallon, Nevada, down near New Mexico and it’s a whole different world now. These computer geeks — these kids play war games in a trailer in Fallon, Nevada and if we ever went to war or were in the Middle East or the Far East or wherever it is, these guys can actually fly drones.  They are unmanned aircraft. They operate them and then they party all night.” 

“It was funny, because I was on a plane actually coming back from Vegas, rock climbing in Red Rock, and the guy sitting next to me was all hung over. He must have been in his late 20’s and he was one of these kids. He said, ‘I partied all night.’  And I said, ‘What do you do?’  ‘I work [with unmanned aircraft in] the Air Force.’  But they operate these drones like it’s war games, but it’s for real. These guys are still test pilots and they manned the drones when they were first running them.”

“This world fascinated me, because it’s so different from what it was originally,” Scott says. “But, I don’t want to do a remake. I don’t want to do a reinvention. I want to do a new movie.”

It’s inspiring to see that Scott is “doing his homework” as he calls it for this sequel, but it’s been over twenty years since the first film. Could this sequel end up feeling a little bit dated or unnecessary?

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