“Top Gun 2,” “Expendables 4,” “Sonic” Start Dates

A couple of key upcoming blockbusters in 2019 have seemingly set filming dates for later this year.

First up, Omega Underground reports that Joseph Kosinski’s “Top Gun: Maverick” will begin shooting this Summer, specifically in July with the shoot to run through until around Thanksgiving.

Tom Cruise leads the film and was previously circling the role of a stuntman in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” but Brad Pitt was cast in that part instead.

Next up, actor Randy Couture has revealed that a fourth film in “The Expendables” franchise is targeting an August start date. Speaking with The Arnold Fans, Couture says:

“I’m excited about Expendables 4. Right now, we’re scheduled to start filming in August and hopefully we’re able to stay on schedule. It sounds like we’re coming back to Bulgaria, which is exciting. I’ve spent a lot of time in Sofia and Varna and I’m excited to come back. I love the people (there), I love the food and I’m excited to come back”

Sylvester Stallone is currently in the midst of filming the “Creed” sequel which would make the next “Expendables” his next project.

Finally Omega Underground reports that the Jeff Fowler-directed and Tim Miller-produced “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie begins filming in July in Atlanta.

Blur Studio (“Avatar,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) and Marza Animation Planet are working on the project which blends live-action elements with CG characters based on the classic SEGA video game franchise. There are also rumblings that Junkie XL could work on the score.