Paramount is lining up X-Men: First Class team Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz to pen the script for the still-conceptual Top Gun project, which will be a sequel, or a re-imagining, and will definitely be something that incorporates Maverick’s character, if you choose to believe Christopher McQuarrie, Tony Scott, or…Christopher McQuarrie, respectively.
I’m hoping it picks up right where the original lets off, and Maverick hires a recovery team a la Titanic to search for his father’s dog tags “somewhere in the Indian Ocean.”
Regardless, it’s got a crack producing duo behind it in Jerry Bruckheimer and David Ellison, so chances are if these guys want it to get made, it will get made. Of course, the gazillion-dollar question is whether or not the man himself, Tom Cruise will be jumping in on this thing. He’s probably waiting for a script or treatment before rendering a decision, so expect the gears to turn slowly on this, but turn nonetheless.
And here are my free-association-style casting thoughts:
Viper: Tobey Maguire
Charlie: Gabourey Sidibe
Sundown: Tyler Perry
Jester: Dane Cook
Merlin: Gene Hackman
Slider: Jason Biggs
Iceman: Eddie Kaye Thomas
Goose: Alyson Hannigan