Speaking at the Berlin press junket for the upcoming release of “Terminator Genisys,” Skydance Productions CEO David Ellison and CCO Dana Goldberg have discussed with Collider some of the other projects on the company’s slate including some fairly high profile sequels – namely “Top Gun” and “Jack Reacher” follow-ups.
In regards to “Top Gun 2,” Justin Marks is currently writing the screenplay which will be very much about contemporary times and involve “drone technology and fifth generation fighters” along with exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots.
Ellison suggests Tom Cruise will reprise his role: “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.”
As for the “Jack Reacher” sequel, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz are currently doing a rewrite of Richard Wenk’s original script draft with Cruise, Paramount and the producers hoping to be shooting by mid-October.
It will depend upon whether the new draft satisfies all parties though. Like the first film, which was based on the novel “One Shot” but made some big changes, this will be based on the novel “Never Go Back” but will also make some key changes.