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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Take my breath away….dun dun.  Dun dun. Dun dun. Every time someone mentions “Top Gun,” I can’t help but think about the cheeseball love scenes from the flick and the catchy song from Berlin that comes with them. The movie was eye-rolling, over-the-top, and just plain ridiculous on many levels, but we can’t help how nostalgic we feel for the thing. Now after many years of a long-rumored sequel to the classic film, it looks like things are finally getting going.

Earlier this year at a press junket, David Ellison, the CEO of Skydance said that “Top Gun 2” was in development, but at the time I didn’t pay it much mind. A lot of old movies have sequels and reboots in development, and until shooting gets underway, I tend to doubt a lot of it. Well, we’ve gotten a bit closer to me buying a sequel. 

Val Kilmer just confirmed through his Facebook page, that he will be returning to the “Top Gun” franchise in the next film.

I just got offered #topgun2 – not often you get to say "yes" without reading the script…"It's starring Gene…

Posted by Val Kilmer on Monday, November 16, 2015

As great as it is to hear that Iceman will be returning to the “Top Gun” world, there is still something that has to be cleared up regarding Kilmer’s post. In it, he talks about Gene Hackman starring and Francis Ford Coppola directing. Many folks thought this was an offhand reveal of what to expect from the film, but unfortunately, that isn’t the case.

Kilmer took to Facebook once more to clear up the mess.

Francis Coppola and Gene Jackman are examples of what an actor says "yes" to. They are not involved. So sorry for the misunderstanding.

Posted by Val Kilmer on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Sure, it is a bit disappointing that Hackman won’t be in the film, and Coppola won’t be directing, but all the same, we’ll still be getting Val Kilmer in the film, and that’s definitely worth something. That being said, the fact that Kilmer didn’t read the script doesn’t do much to ensure its quality, though David Ellison has already sung the script’s praises back in June.

“Justin Marks is writing the screenplay right now. He has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy has turned into today.

“It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth generation fighters… it’s really exploring the end of an era.

“It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth generation fighters … It’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today.”

While this sounds promising, I can’t shake the fact that Justin Marks is the same guy who wrote “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.” The writer has gone on to write the upcoming films “The Jungle Book” and “Shadow of the Colossus,” but we still haven’t seen them, so we don’t know how good they really are.

Val Kilmer joining the cast is great and all, but I really wish he had actually vetted the script before signing on, that we can get an idea of what someone thinks of it. This can be a really awesome film, or a “too little, too late” kind of deal.

What do you think? Are you excited that Kilmer’s joined the project? Let us know in the comments down below!

SOURCES: Val KilmerDaily Mail

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.