Val Kilmer Confirms Iceman Will Return in 'Top Gun 2'

Val Kilmer Confirms Iceman Will Return in 'Top Gun 2'

Nov 17, 2015

Iceman may not play dangerously, but Val Kilmer does. He's just confirmed on Facebook he'll be returning for the long-promised Top Gun sequel, in spite of not reading the script first. 

What if it's not good? Oh wait, it's Top Gun 2, so it doesn't matter if it's good or bad. It's going to be huge either way. Presently, it's too soon to tell on our end, too, but we're also looking forward to it.

Here's what we do know so far:

Val Kilmer is indeed coming back

In his Facebook post, Kilmer wrote: "I just got offered Top Gun 2 - not often you get to say 'yes' without reading the script ... Jerry Bruckheimer and Tom Cruise!!! 'Yes.' We will all miss Tony Scott, one of the kindest gentlemen I've ever met in the film biz, but let's fire up some fighter jets again!!!"

Isn't there something about Gene Hackman and Francis Ford Coppola in the post?

Yes, but he was just noting some other instances where you say 'yes' without reading a script. One is getting to act opposite Hackman (which he's never done and sadly never will given Hackman's retirement) and another getting to work with Coppola as a director (as he did with Twixt). One more is the opportunity to reunite with Cruise and Bruckheimer.

Does Kilmer's announcement mean Top Gun 2 is happening soon? 

Apparently no. As Kilmer clarified, "This is a long way off, so calm down. This has been talked about for a long, long time, and being offered a role is very different from doing a role. I jumped the gun with my post. I jumped the top gun ... An innocent mistake. It was just such a wonderful phone call with my agent."

So what is the actual status on the sequel?

According to IMDb Pro, the movie has a new draft of the script as of late September (apparently not one ready for Kilmer to read yet). That's from a treatment turned in back in May, which is likely where the most recent plot details, involving the end of Top Gun-type fighter pilots in the era of drone warfare, came from. 

Who is the writer of that new script? 

Last we heard according to producer David Ellison (back in June) writing duties were being handled by Justin Marks, of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-li and Disney's upcoming live-action version of The Jungle Book. It's unknown if any contributions of the other IMDb-credited writers, Peter Craig (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay parts 1 & 2) and Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz (Thor), remain.

What else needs to happen before the greenlight?  

Cruise might need to become an actual ace fighter pilot, seeing as he loves to do his own stunts and said earlier this year, "We got to do all the jets practical, no CGI on the jets. … If we can figure all that out, and the Department of Defense will allow us to do it, that would be fun.”

But Cruise is definitely on board, right?

Of course, because as Ellison said, "there is no Top Gun without Maverick, and it is going to be Maverick playing Maverick." And that's all we need to say "yes" to this sequel. Which we're certain is going to finally happen one of these days.

 

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