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Get ready ride highway to the danger zone all over again, Spillios, the 'Top Gun' sequel has found itself a writer. The followup to the 1986 Tom Cruise vehicle about ace fighter pilots at the nation's premier flight school will be penned by Peter Craig ('The Town'). This proposed sequel has been in the works for about two years now. Tom Cruise himself has talked about wanting to do a sequel to this 80s classic, so it's likely that getting him to reprise the role of hot shot pilot Maverick will not be difficult. Tony Scott, who directed the original, is rumored to be returning to the direct the sequel.
So it looks like Paramount wasn't just buzzing the tower when they said they wanted to do a 'Top Gun' sequel. The hiring of someone with Craig's clout suggests that they not only really want to make the film but, hopefully, are also committed to making a quality movie as opposed to just a desperate cash-grab. 'The Town' is a fantastic, incredibly smart crime thriller and it would be great to see a 'Top Gun' sequel with a little bit of an edge to it. Well, to be fair, I don't know that we need to see a 'Top Gun' sequel at all, but if there is no getting around it, I'd prefer it had a bit of an edge to it. Craig is also set to write 'Bad Boys 3,' so he's sort of in the sequel business of late. Though I'm not sure a writing team comprised of Charlie Kaufman, Christopher Nolan, and Aaron Sorkin could save the 'Bad Boys' franchise. There is of course the concern that Craig has not written anything beyond 'The Town' so his ability to repeat his success is suspect. Plus, it isn't clear how much of that script was his doing and how much was the product of co-writer Ben Affleck. Basically we just hope Craig's ego isn't writing checks his skills can't cash.
So, Spillios, weigh in. Intrigued by a 'Top Gun' sequel? Feel better about it now that Craig is on board?