According to Ellison, writer Justin Marks is hammering out the script for the new film, and that it is a "phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy has turned into today." But while the script is surely important, the question on everyone's mind focuses on the first film's main character, Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, played by Tom Cruise.
"There is an amazing role for Maverick in the movie and there is no Top Gun without Maverick, and it is going to be Maverick playing Maverick," Ellison told Collider. "I don't think [it is] what people are going to expect, and we are very, very hopeful that we get to make the movie very soon. But like all things, it all comes down to the script, and Justin is writing as we speak."
Ellison also said TG2 will take an increasingly popular approach to sequels, and not tweak the timeline between films. That means whenever the new movie hits theaters, it'll be set in the present, rather than at some point in the past or future. The new film should also, according to Ellison, be offered in both 3D and IMAX. Regardless of format, though, expect the sequel to offer just as much excitement as its predecessor.
"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 when the original movie came out. This world has not been explored," Ellison told Collider. "It is very much a world we live in today where it's drone technology and fifth-generation fighters are really what the United States 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 and fighter pilots and what that culture is today are all fun things that we're gonna get to dive into in this movie."
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