‘Oblivion’ Director Frontrunner To Direct ‘Top Gun 2’ | Film News
With the long-gestating Top Gun sequel finally moving in the right direction after Tom Cruise revealed the film is “definitely happening” and he hopes to shoot next year, attention now turns to who will be in the directors chair.
Reportedly, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is the frontrunner for the role, despite no offer yet being made. The reasoning is that Kosinski’s vision for the sequel was impressive and imaginative, and an official offer should be imminent.
The sequel “will be set in a world of drone technology and fifth generation fighters and explore the end of an era of dogfighting which made the original film so exhilarating”. Other plot details are sparse but Val Kilmer has mentioned that he’s been asked to return as Iceman.
With production on the film looking imminent, it now just becomes a case of where to fit shooting into the busy schedules of all involved. Fortunately, Cruise has a gap in his schedule after shooting wraps on Mission: Impossible 6, while Kosinski has time to choose his next project after recently finishing firefighter drama, Granite Mountain, which stars Miles Teller and Josh Brolin.
If Kosinski gets the job, on paper it seems a smart decision. He’s already been involved in one long-awaited sequel which was at least memorable for its incredible aesthetic, while his work with Cruise on Oblivion should stand him in good stead for this new project.
Will Top Gun 2 recapture the magic of the original? Or is this just another cash grab from Hollywood trying to cash in on vacant nostalgia?