At an event for the Producer’s Guild, Jerry Bruckheimer was asked about the status of the purported Top Gun sequel. The development of the film hit a setback due to the tragic death of Tony Scott. Scott directed the original film and was set to direct part two as well. However, Bruckheimer says Paramount still plans to move forward with the project.
During the producer’s conference, Bruckheimer said, “For 30 years we’ve been trying to make a sequel and we’re not going to stop. We still want to do it with Tom [Cruise] and Paramount are still interested in making it”. He added, “What Tom tells me is that no matter where he goes in the world, people refer to him as Maverick, it’s something he is excited about so as long as he keeps his enthusiasm hopefully we’ll get it made”.
Bruckheimer also had a few things to say about this summer’s The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, and directed by Pirates of the Caribbean helmer Gore Verbinski. Like their popular pirate’s franchise, he hopes to see further installments of The Lone Ranger but nothing has been decided yet, “It’s always up to the audience. If the audience likes the movie then Disney will come to me and we’ll make another or it will be a one-off”.
Bruckheimer is one of the biggest movie producer’s in the world but he still gets nervous about box office prospects, especially during a crowded summer full of blockbusters. He says, “It’s very hard this summer, this summer everyone is cannibalizing the audience.” The producer added “You have to hold your seats, it’s not the number of theaters but the number of seats. Man of Steel is coming out this week and then next week another blockbuster will come out, if there is another blockbuster, then Superman will move to small theaters and someone else will get their seats”.
Jerry Bruckheimer is a busy man. In addition to working on Top Gun 2 and possibly The Lone Ranger 2, he has Pirates of the Caribbean 5 set for a summer 2015 release. He’s also developing the third installments of the National Treasure and Bad Boys franchises. With such a crowded schedule, not to mention crowded summers, it remains to be seen which films will come together first.