Maverick Producer Says Top Gun 3 Plans Are Not Immediate

On the heels of 
Top Gun: Maverick‘s critical and commercial success, producer Jerry Bruckheimer says plans for
Top Gun 3 are not immediate. After years of delays primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the long-awaited sequel to Tony Scott’s 1986 classic
Top Gun finally debuted in theaters this past weekend, setting multiple box office records. Not only did
Top Gun 2 surpass 
Pirates of the Caribbean 3 (also produced by Bruckheimer)
 to set a new Memorial Day weekend record, but it is Tom Cruise’s biggest opening weekend of his career at $156 million.,Cruise returns to lead the cast once again alongside his
Top Gun co-star Val Kilmer and a bunch of newcomers, including Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, and Ed Harris. Set 36 years after its iconic predecessor, the film finds test pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell returning to the Top Gun program to train a younger generation of fighter pilots, including Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, the son of his late RIO (Radar Intercept Officer) and best friend, Goose. Now, on the heels of Maverick’s immense box office success, audiences are beginning to wonder about the prospect of
Top Gun 3.,Related: Top Gun: Maverick New Cast & Returning Character Guide,In a new interview with
Deadline, Bruckheimer addressed the possibility of a third
Top Gun movie. The producer says there are no immediate plans for a sequel to
Maverick, though he seemed open to the idea and did not rule anything out. For now, Bruckheimer simply says, ”
Let’s ride this wave,” referring to Maverick’s strong opening weekend.,Even before its theatrical release, reviews for
Top Gun: Maverick were piling on the praise for the film’s intense aerial sequences, which were all shot practically, in addition to its surprisingly heartfelt story. Thus, a third
Top Gun movie seemed like a strong possibility before, and now it almost seems like an inevitability considering its commercial success as well. In addition to Bruckheimer, a couple of
Maverick stars have already commented on the possibility as well, with Teller pitching a sequel focused on his character,
Top Gun: Rooster.,Powell also commented on how
Top Gun 3 could happen, sharing his own requirements for another high-flying sequel. First off, it would be difficult to imagine another 
Top Gun movie without Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski, who proved instrumental in the sequel’s commitment to practical filmmaking over CGI and green screens. But perhaps Bruckheimer is right: it might be best to simply relish 
Top Gun: Maverick for now after multiple decades in the making instead of going wild with
Top Gun 3 speculation.,Next: Top Gun: Maverick Ending Explained (In Detail),Source: Deadline