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Top Gun 2 confirms Joseph Kosinski to take the helm, July 2019 release date set

3 July 2017 5:34 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

Back towards the end of May, Tom Cruise finally confirmed Top Gun 2 is on the cards and since then the news on its progress has been coming in thick and fast. Today we found that not only will Oblivion and Tron’s Joseph Kosinski taking the helm of the sharpshooters of the skies but an official release date has finally been revealed.

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The date, to be exact, the 12th of July 2019, so what’s another two years of waiting for the return of the ever so cool, charming and egotistical Maverick 31 years since the original hit our screens?

With Jerry Bruckheimer back in the producer’s chair, Cruise’s Maverick, who has never lost that loving feeling for his need for speed, is set to return as a flight instructor to a whole host of young Geese, Icemen and Mavericks wanting to follow in his almighty flight footsteps. »

- Zehra Phelan

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Paramount Pictures Reveal ‘Top Gun 2’ Release Date

3 July 2017 12:36 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Paramount Pictures have finally announced the release date for Top Gun 2. The film, which is titled Top Gun: Maverick, will debut in cinemas on July 12th, 2019, according to Deadline. The same source has also confirmed that the film will be directed by none other than Joseph Kosinski, which was previously rumoured a number of weeks ago. More on the Top Gun 2 release date and further sequel news below.

Top Gun 2 release date firmed up: The film will land in the summer of 2019.

The trade blog states that the film will see Tom Cruise reprise his role as Maverick, now a flight instructor teaching the young macho pilots how to do it. Jerry Bruckheimer, one of the original 1986 film’s producers, will also return for some more high-octane action.

Related: 6 Things That Must Happen In Top Gun 2

The screenplay is being written by Peter Craig and Justin Marks, along with Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. »

- Paul Heath

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Top Gun 2 Gets a Summer 2019 Release Date

1 July 2017 11:07 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Paramount Pictures has finally firmed up plans for the long-awaited Top Gun 2, setting Joseph Kosinski to direct, reuniting him with Oblivion star Tom Cruise, and announcing a July 12, 2019 release date. We first reported that Joseph Kosinski was being sought to direct this sequel last month, and now his deal has been finalized. While it hasn't been confirmed when filming will begin, a previous report claimed the sequel will start filming next year, which may be accurate given this new release date.

Deadline broke the news about this sequel today, although it didn't confirm a previous report regarding the title. Earlier this month, while promoting The Mummy, Tom Cruise teased that that this Top Gun sequel will be called Top Gun: Maverick, because he "didn't want a number" in the title. This report did reveal, though, that the story will follow Maverick, who is now a flight instructor, "teaching the young »

- MovieWeb

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Paramount Sets ‘Top Gun 2’ For July 2019; Joseph Kosinski Firmed For Tom Cruise Pic

30 June 2017 4:33 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has set July 12, 2019, as the release date for Top Gun 2, the long-gestating sequel to the 1986 hit. Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski has been set to helm the film, re-teaming him with Tom Cruise, whom he directed in the sci-fi pic Oblivion. Cruise reprises his role as Maverick, now a flight instructor teaching the young macho pilots how to do it. Jerry Bruckheimer is reprising as producer. The script is by Peter Craig and Justin Marks… »

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Is Top Gun 2 Getting a Volleyball Scene?

7 June 2017 4:13 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

More than 30 years after it first hit theaters, the Top Gun sequel fans have been clamoring for is finally coming to fruition. After decades of delays, Tom Cruise teased last week that the sequel will be called Top Gun: Maverick, with Cruise returning as the title character. Although, all he would say about the story is that jets will be involved. During a recent interview, the actor hinted that this sequel may include a volleyball scene like the original movie.

Entertainment Tonight caught up with Tom Cruise during the red carpet premiere for The Mummy, which hits theaters June 9, where he continued to talk the sequel, reiterating that there will be plenty of jets in this movie. Still, when press for even more details, the actor wouldn't give up many specifics, only offering fans the most generic of details about this Top Gun sequel. But then he mentioned that it might have a volleyball scene. »

- MovieWeb

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Tom Cruise Reveals ‘Top Gun’ Sequel’s Title

2 June 2017 12:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tom Cruise has revealed the title for the upcoming “Top Gun” sequel: “Top Gun: Maverick.”

The actor made the announcement during an interview with Access Hollywood, saying “you don’t need a number” in all sequel titles. “Maverick” was Cruise’s character’s nickname in the film in which he played Naval aviator Lt. Pete Mitchell.

“Aviators are back, the need for speed. We’re going to have big, fast machines. It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one … but a progression for Maverick,” Cruise teased.

He also said that Harold Faltermeyer will return to score the movie, which will be “stylistically” similar to the original. »

- Justin Kroll

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Val Kilmer Wants to Return as Ice Man in Top Gun 2

26 May 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Val Kilmer has announced that he is ready to reprise his role as Tom "Iceman" Kazanski. Kilmer's announcement comes a few days after Tom Cruise revealed that Top Gun 2 is definitely happening after years of teasing and speculation. Not much more information about the highly anticipated sequel is available at this time, but Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, Tron 2) is rumored to be Cruise and the studio's top choice to direct the movie. Justin Marks (The Jungle Book) has apparently written the latest draft of the screenplay for Top Gun 2, but it is uncertain if his screenplay will be used for the very new project. The news has fans of the original movie excited to say the least, and has raised a lot questions, specifically: who will star in Top Gun 2?

Will the Iceman make a return to the skies alongside Maverick? He most definitely will if Val Kilmer »

- MovieWeb

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Top Gun 2 Targets Tron 2 Director Joseph Kosinski

24 May 2017 1:18 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Tom Cruise has officially confirmed that Top Gun 2 is happening, after years of speculation and rumors. It looks like the 54-year-old actor is eyeing the long-awaited sequel as his next project and was getting things in line to make sure it is ready to go by the time he is done shooting Mission: Impossible 6. Prior to leaving to shoot that movie, Cruise met with directors for Top Gun 2 and found one he liked in the form of Joseph Kosinski, who is now the frontrunner for the job.

The news comes courtesy of Variety, who are saying that Joseph Kosinski, who previously worked with Tom Cruise on the 2013 sci-fi movie Oblivion, is the studio's top choice for Top Gun 2, but they note that no official offer has been made yet. However, several insiders say that this is "imminent," so unless something crazy happens, it looks like Kosinski »

- MovieWeb

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Joseph Kosinski the Frontrunner to Direct Tom Cruise in ‘Top Gun 2’

24 May 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The idea of a Top Gun 2 has been floating around Hollywood for nearly a decade. It flew through a rough patch of air following the 2012 suicide of original Top Gun director Tony Scott, but a couple of years later, Paramount and producer Jerry Bruckheimer hired The Jungle Book writer Justin Marks to rewrite the script. Star Tom Cruise […]

The post Joseph Kosinski the Frontrunner to Direct Tom Cruise in ‘Top Gun 2’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Ben Pearson

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Joseph Kosinski Front-Runner to Direct ‘Top Gun 2’ Starring Tom Cruise (Exclusive)

24 May 2017 11:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tom Cruise is getting ready to head back to the Danger Zone — and he’s bringing an old friend along for the ride.

Sources tell Variety that Joseph Kosinski — who directed Cruise in “Oblivion” — is the front-runner to direct “Top Gun 2” for Paramount and Skydance Pictures. While no official offer has been made, several insiders believe one is imminent.

Paramount had no comment.

Cruise met with potential helmers prior to and while filming “Mission Impossible: 6” in London to ensure the “Top Gun” sequel was ready to go after production wrapped. Even with Cruise and Kosinski having previously worked together on the 2013 sci-fi action film, sources say it was Kosinski’s vision the sequel’s direction that officially won him the job.

Cruise recently confirmed to a British talk show that the sequel was moving forward and would hopefully shoot »

- Justin Kroll

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Top Gun 2 Will Begin Shooting in 2018 Says Tom Cruise

24 May 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Global action star Tom Cruise is currently on a worldwide promotional tour for The Mummy, which hits theaters June 9. During a stop at an Australian TV morning show, the actor confirmed that Top Gun 2 is finally happening. The last we heard about this sequel was way back in January 2016, when producer Jerry Bruckheimer shared a photo of him and Tom Cruise on social media, teasing that he was discussing Top Gun 2 with Tom Cruise, but there haven't been any concrete updates since then. When asked about the possibility of Top Gun 2 happening, Tom Cruise had this to say.

"Yes, it's true. You know what, I'm going to start filming it, probably next year. I know, it's happening. It is definitely happening. You're the first people that I've said this to. You've asked me, and I'm telling you this is going to happen."

The global action star made »

- MovieWeb

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Tom Cruise says Top Gun 2 is “definitely happening”, could shoot in 2018

24 May 2017 7:11 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Despite the passing of director Tony Scott back in 2012, there have been several comments from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and star Tom Cruise over the past few years suggesting that the long-gestating sequel to Top Gun is still on the cards, and now Cruise has revealed that the project is close to moving forward.

Speaking to Australian TV show Sunrise on the promotional tour for his new movie The Mummy, Cruise confirmed that Top Gun 2 “is definitely happening [and I’m] gonna start filming it  probably in the next year.”

The last we heard about Top Gun 2 was back in January 2016 when Cruise and Bruckheimer revealed that they had met to discuss the sequel. Previous comments from producer David Ellison had revealed that Justin Marks’ (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li) screenplay would explore the rise of drone technology and the end of the era of dogfighting and fighter pilots. »

- Gary Collinson

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“I feel the need… the need for speed” Tom Cruise finally confirms Top Gun 2

24 May 2017 1:48 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

Before Tom Cruise became the all-action, running man we all know him for today, he took the lead in this little picture called Top Gun which went on to become a major classic from the 80’s and really can be put down to catapulting Cruise’s career into the stratosphere. So fans rejoice, Tom Cruise has finally confirmed a return for Maverick as Top Gun 2 has been confirmed.

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Whilst on the promotional tour for his latest, The Mummy, he confirmed the news with filming on the sequel to possible start next year on Australia’s morning show Sunrise “It is definitely happening.”

“It’s true. It’s true,” he said. “I’m going to start filming it probably in the next year. I know. It’s happening. It is definitely happening … you’re the first people that I’ve said this to. »

- Zehra Phelan

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Tom Cruise Confirms Top Gun 2, Filming Will Begin Within The Next Year

23 May 2017 4:35 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Cast one eye over Tom Cruise’s decorated filmography and you’ll find that, beyond the Mission: Impossible series and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, the actor seldom dips his toe into sequel territory. That’s quite the feat, but it seems after M:i and now Reacher, Cruise could bend his cardinal rule once again for another follow-up: Top Gun 2.

Though it threatened to unravel soon after the tragic passing of director Tony Scott, the project is still alive and kicking, with Cruise and Co. seemingly out to engineer a sequel that will tackle some hefty themes including the rise of drone warfare and the subsequent death of the fighter pilot era. That’s certainly a radical departure from the cheesy romp that first took flight roughly 30 years ago, and while he stopped short of offering up anything about the plot, Tom Cruise told Sunrise 7 this week that despite »

- Josh Wilding

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Hollywood Remembers Former Paramount Chief Brad Grey

15 May 2017 8:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

An outpouring of love and support from Hollywood followed the announcement that former Paramount chief Brad Grey died on Sunday of cancer at age 59.

In addition to running Paramount for a dozen years, Grey notably co-founded the Brillstein-Grey Entertainment agency and co-founded Plan B. Some of the blockbuster hits produced at Paramount under Grey’s leadership included “Transformers,” the Paranormal Activity, and Iron Man franchises, and “Star Trek.” Many awards season favorites also fall under his name, like “There Will Be Blood,” and “No Country for Old Men.” Prior to his work at Paramount, Grey produced “The Sopranos” and “The Wayne Brady Show,” among many others.

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Jim Gianopulos, the current chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, released the following statement:

“All of us at Paramount are deeply saddened by the news of Brad Grey’s passing. He was at the helm of the studio for »

- Seth Kelley

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Counterpart: Starz Series Ep Leaves Prior to Season Two

27 March 2017 8:52 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Starz's new series is shifting things around. Deadline reports executive producer Amy Berg has left the network's upcoming TV show Counterpart prior to season two.From writer Justin Marks, the drama "is the story of Howard Silk (Jk Simmons), a lowly cog in a bureaucratic agency, who discovers that the agency he works for is really guarding a crossing into a parallel dimension."Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Jon Favreau’s VFX Master: Why ‘The Jungle Book’ Will Win the Only Oscar It Can Get

20 February 2017 3:26 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Last year, the Academy rewarded George Miller’s Best-Picture contender “Mad Max: Fury Road” with 10 Oscar nominations and six wins. Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” belongs in the same cinematic groundbreaker category, but partly because Disney marketing wasn’t able to pull the movie out of its family movie ghetto, only the Visual Effects branch of the Academy nominated this wondrous achievement that wowed global moviegoers to the tune of $964 million worldwide.

Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks took Rudyard Kipling’s classic tales of Mowgli and his brothers and, with help from James Cameron and Martin Scorsese’s go-to VFX master Rob Legato (“Titanic,” “Aviator,” “Hugo”), created a seamlessly natural digital world with many vibrant animal characters — and one live boy (Neel Sethi).

Read More: Why Photographic Realism Makes Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ the VFX Oscar Favorite

Finally, “The Jungle Book” will win an Oscar for its only nomination, »

- Anne Thompson

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Jon Favreau’s VFX Master: Why ‘The Jungle Book’ Will Win the Only Oscar It Can Get

20 February 2017 3:26 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last year, the Academy rewarded George Miller’s Best-Picture contender “Mad Max: Fury Road” with 10 Oscar nominations and six wins. Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” belongs in the same cinematic groundbreaker category, but partly because Disney marketing wasn’t able to pull the movie out of its family movie ghetto, only the Visual Effects branch of the Academy nominated this wondrous achievement that wowed global moviegoers to the tune of $964 million worldwide.

Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks took Rudyard Kipling’s classic tales of Mowgli and his brothers and, with help from James Cameron and Martin Scorsese’s go-to VFX master Rob Legato (“Titanic,” “Aviator,” “Hugo”), created a seamlessly natural digital world with many vibrant animal characters — and one live boy (Neel Sethi).

Read More: Why Photographic Realism Makes Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ the VFX Oscar Favorite

Finally, “The Jungle Book” will win an Oscar for its only nomination, »

- Anne Thompson

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Three Guest Actors Join J.K. Simmons in Starz Spy Thriller ‘Counterpart’

19 January 2017 9:32 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Starz announced on Thursday that three actors have been added to the cast of “Counterpart” in recurring guest roles.

Stephen Rea, Richard Schiff and Sarah Bolger will join J.K. Simmons in the espionage, sci-fi thriller about a man named Howard Silk (Simmons) who discovers that the agency he works for is hiding a secret — a crossing to a parallel dimension.

Schiff will play Director of Diplomacy Roland Fancher, a litigator and power negotiator between both dimensions. Fancher is responsible for negotiating the exchange of prisoners between worlds.

Rea will play Alexander Pope, an old-world Englishman. He pulls strings from behind the scenes and knows where all the bodies are buried — sometimes literally. Bolger plays Anna, a mysterious young woman whose appearance threatens Silk.

Counterpart” is created and written by Justin Marks. Executive producers are Morten Tyldum and Marks with Amy Berg, Gary Gilbert with Gilbert Films, Jordan Horowitz, Keith Redmon and Bard Dorros with Anonymous Content. Simmons »

- Seth Kelley

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Here’s Why ‘The Jungle Book’ Deserves More Oscar Respect

13 January 2017 8:26 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Just as George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” James Cameron’s “Avatar,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” and Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” were cinematic groundbreakers for the ages, I believe Oscar voters should take Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” more seriously.

Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks took Rudyard Kipling’s classic tales of Mowgli and his brothers and, with help from James Cameron and Martin Scorsese’s go-to VFX master Rob Legato, created a seamlessly natural digital world with many vibrant animal characters — and one live boy (Neel Sethi).

Read More: Why Photographic Realism Makes Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ the VFX Oscar Favorite

Maybe Favreau makes it look too easy. This isn’t fantasy-world “Avatar.” This is digital India. He calls up fond memories of Disney’s 1967 animated musical, weaving in a couple of songs and creating a grand set piece led by Christopher Walken as a giant ancient orangutan (gigantopithecus, »

- Anne Thompson

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