In 1986, producer Jerry Bruckheimer was responsible for helping to bring the original film Top Gun to life. The Tom Cruise-led and Tony Scott-helmed film became the biggest worldwide hit of that year with a box office count of $357 million. However, development never seemed to fully kick into high gear after this moment. Thus, attention turned back to several other projects in which Bruckheimer also played a part. Years later, Bruckheimer locked into an idea for taking Top Gun 2 forward once again but this time under direction from Joe Kosinski. When Kosinski impressed everyone with his pitch presentation about Top Gun: Maverick at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, all parties were thrilled to get things moving once again.
I Want To Make Another Top Gun – Bruckheimer Reveals How It Happened
During an interview, Bruckheimer echoed how Top Gun 2 showed up after years. He said:
Joe Kosinski had a lookbook, a poster, and the title, Top Gun: Maverick, and then he told Tom the journey of the character and the story he wanted to tell. Tom then looked at him, pulled out his phone, and called the head of Paramount at that time and said, ‘I want to make another Top Gun.’ And that was it.
I’m Not Making This Movie Without Val – Said Tom Cruise
Once it was decided that Top Gun will be revived with a sequel, Tom Cruise echoed some of his conditions that need to be fulfilled if the makers want him to join the Top Gun 2. He echoed that:
I’m not making this movie without Val.
The shooting began and referring to this, Bruckheimer echoed that:
When we filmed it, it was a very emotional day, having Val there and seeing him work with Tom after 35 years.
In a recent interview, Bruckheimer also discussed the intense preparation process actors underwent for their roles in the recently released film Top Gun: Maverick and talked about his earliest memories of being captivated by Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand” song.