Bruckheimer Talks “Top Gun” Sequel Pressure

The upcoming sequel to 1986’s iconic Tony Scott film “Top Gun” is finally on the way with Tom Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer slated to get to work on it within the next few months.

In a new interview with Metro, Bruckheimer says he’s very aware that “Top Gun: Maverick” needs to be special and the bar they have to clear is far higher than a lot of the other sequels he’s worked on:

“I’ll tell ya, any movie you make has pressure there, and when you have an iconic movie like Top Gun you know the bar is really high. But we try to raise the bar in everything we do so it’s all about getting enormously talented people to work on it, and Tom is such a gifted not only actor, but also he produced this thing and he’s got a real sense of what the audience wants and what he likes.”

Bruckheimer also says another reason for the film to make money is that the marketplace is so much more competitive these days in terms of getting people’s attention:

“Audiences don’t change, they just want really good entertainment. And what you find is that there’s so many other ways that they can spend their time, between video games, sporting events and television has been phenomenal with streaming and regular channels, cable, so there’s a lot of choices for them. The movie has to be really special and different to get them to leave their house and go to the film.”

“Top Gun: Maverick” is expected to film early next year for a Summer 2019 release.