The news about the Top Gun sequel went into high gear once the film was officially confirmed by Tom Cruise. There had been rumblings for the longest time about a sequel to the 80s classic — or cult classic as some want to incorrectly point out. Val Kilmer apparently wants in as Iceman, Cruise seems ready to return as Maverick, and the film has a director that has some history with the leading man.
It also has an official title now according to Cruise, though it is a little disappointing for those who might’ve been looking for something a little more dangerous. While chatting with Access Hollywood during promotion for The Mummy, Cruise revealed some details about the new film and the direction it will take. The star promised a lot of the familiar beats from the original before dropping the title of the film:
“It’s called ‘Top Gun: Maverick. I didn’t want a number…You don’t need a number.”
This kinda fits in with the more recent naming patterns within Cruise’s other sequel-laden series, Mission: Impossible. Where those movies definitely started down the number wrote, the subtitle soon came to take over in the last two installments. It also seems to be a general trend in Hollywood to get away from numbering movies and whatever sequel feeling they might carry with them. And even when a film does carry a number, it is usually something along the lines of John Wick: Chapter 2 or Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2.
That said, the obvious miss here and disappointment for Kenny Loggins fans around the world is that this film wasn’t called Top Gun: Danger Zone. It’s likely a joke that everybody on Twitter has made three or four times by this point, but it doesn’t make it any less true. Top Gun: Maverick is just kind of unnecessary given that the original film was already focused on Maverick in some form.
It’s supposed to be a fun film, Cruise! Why do you not want to fully enter the danger zone?
(Via Access Hollywood)