Tom Cruise will dogfight another day, but not this year
Delay to ‘Top Gun’ sequel will allow producers to use the latest camera technology and newest warplanes
Fans of Top Gun will have to wait even longer for the release of the long-awaited sequel to the Tom Cruise classic. Paramount released a statement saying Top Gun: Maverick’s July 2019 release date has been pushed back to June 26, 2020 for logistical reasons.
The additional time will allow Maverick’s filmmakers the opportunity to work out how to show flight sequences using new technology and planes, the studio said.
The postponement comes just weeks after casting announcements for the film were made, in which Mad Men’s Jon Hamm and Westworld actor Ed Harris were added to the list. Filming began on Top Gun: Maverick on May 31. To mark the first day of shooting, Tom Cruise shared a photo of himself in costume as US Navy pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, already feeling the need for speed.In 2015, the film’s producer said Top Gun: Maverick would be looking at modern-day warfare, which may have complicated filming: “When you look at the world of dogfighting, what’s interesting about it is that it’s not a world that exists to the same degree as when the original movie came out,” Ellison told reporters in 2015.
“This world has not been explored. It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology, and fifth-generation fighters are what the US Navy is calling the last man-made fighter that we’re actually going to produce. So it’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting.”
For those behind the camera, the hold-up is the latest problem in a string of production difficulties for the film. The original film’s director, Tony Scott, was approached about reviving Top Gun all the way back in 2010, and sounded enthusiastic about reinventing it. “This world fascinated me, because it's so different from what it was originally,” he said at the time. However, Scott’s death from suicide in 2012 put the project on hold.