Top Gun 3 In The Works After Tom Cruise Strikes Deal With Rival Studio

By Charlene Badasie | Published

Top Gun 3 is reportedly in the works at Paramount. Building on the success of its predecessor, Top Gun: Maverick, the new film promises to bring back familiar faces, with Tom Cruise reprising his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell alongside Glen Powell and Miles Teller. Director Joseph Kosinski and screenwriter Ehren Kruger are also expected to reprise their respective duties.

Tom Cruise’s Warner Bros. Deal

Producers Jerry Bruckheimer and David Ellison, who played vital roles in Maverick’s success, are also reported to be on board. News of Top Gun 3’s development coincides with Cruise’s recent partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery, which aims to bring audiences fresh and innovative movies. Since the deal is non-exclusive, the actor is free to work with other studios.The deal between Cruise, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, and Motion Picture Group CEOs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy will see the actor creating, producing, and acting in original and franchise films. Cruise and his CW Productions imprint will be given an office at the Warner Bros. headquarters in Burbank, California.

Top Gun 3 Rumors Have Swirled For Some Time

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Tom Cruise has predominantly worked on films with Paramount, even though he didn’t have an official contract with the studio. While some may interpret the news about Top Gun 3 as a strategic move in the ongoing competition for an actor who can sell movie tickets, the development of the sequel has been progressing discreetly since late 2023.

Maverick Was 2022’s Biggest Hit

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The development of Top Gun 3 is not surprising, given the astronomical success of its predecessor. Top Gun: Maverick soared past the $1.4 billion mark at the global box office in 2022 to widespread acclaim. The movie still boasts a 96 percent critics rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, alongside a 99 percent audience score from over 50,000 viewers.Top Gun: Maverick even earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and took home the trophy for Best Sound. Unfortunately, Top Gun 3 won’t be hitting screens anytime soon as Cruise is currently working on Mission: Impossible 8. Since that movie is only scheduled for release in May 2025, the actor will be very busy for the foreseeable future.

Top Gun First Won Over Our Hearts In 1986

Top Gun 3 is only possible due to the legacy of the original 1986 film. Directed by Tony Scott and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, Top Gun stars Tom Cruise as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a young fighter pilot with the United States Navy who attends the elite Fighter Weapons School at Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California.

The story follows Maverick and his Radar Intercept Officer, Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards), as they compete with other top fighter pilots at the Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School. Maverick also has a rivalry with fellow pilot Tom “Iceman” Kazansky (Val Kilmer) and becomes romantically involved with his civilian instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis).

A Pivotal Moment In Tom Cruise’s Career

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Top Gun was a massive commercial success, earning over $356 million at the global box office. It also established Cruise as a major Hollywood star. The film’s popularity led to increased interest in the United States Navy and a surge in recruitment. The sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, was released in 2022, matching the success of its predecessor and resulting in Top Gun 3.