How can a movie that defined "everything we love and hate"
about the '80s be rebooted as a Hollywood blockbuster
in the early 2010s? It probably can't. Which means that plans to resurrect
the near-classic Top Gun as a franchise can only be considered
mixed news at best. The original had Kenny Loggins power chords, goofy nicknames, Val Kilmer, that killer theme song
and no trace of irony whatsoever. This new one, so far, has a script
that's been floating around for years and still hasn't found a way to
incorporate the middle-aged Tom Cruise. Still excited? Here's five
reasons you shouldn't be:
It Only Encourages Even Worse Hollywood Sequels Please think about it, entreats Matt Kiebus
at Death and Taxes mag. "Does the world need another Nicholas Sparks
sobfest about star-crossed soul mates from the Carolinas? Do we need
another terrible 'Great Gatsby' remake? Is there such thing as an
original horror movie anymore? Why are the 'Superman' and 'Spiderman'
franchises being rebooted? Does the world really want another Pirates of
the Caribbean?'...What’s next, 'Weekend at Bernie’s: Bernie Goes to
Tom Cruise Will Become the New Tom Skeritt Gawker's Richard Lawson
can't stand the thought of Tom Cruise accepting the role of hard-nosed
flight instructor: "They are putting this thing together, with the guy
who wrote the Usual Suspects (and The Way of the Gun) writing the first
draft. Tom Cruise would be in it, but in a smaller role. Like, the Tom
Skerritt role. Tom Cruise is the new Tom Skeritt!"
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer Has Hit a Creative Wall Claude Brodesser-Akner,
who broke the news of the probable sequel on Vulture, explains that "outside of the Pirates of the Caribbean
franchise, Bruckheimer’s track record at Disney has not been stellar as
of late." He reckons: "This potential collaboration with his old home,
Paramount, could be an interesting trial balloon to see if The Bruck can
get a better deal outside Disney. Or it could simply be an effort to
gain leverage and sweeten his deal at Disney."
How Can That Epic '80s Soundtrack Be Remixed? AMC's Nick Steven's
notes "The Top Gun soundtrack is a two-pronged attack of eighties
greatness: the main anthem is still a staple of inspirational montage.
But to even qualify as an eighties movie you need a pop-tastic love
song, and Berlin's No. 1 hit "Take My Breath Away" might have been
featured at more weddings and homecoming dances in the late eighties
than any other tune. But the only way to get to Miramar is to take the
highway to the 'Danger Zone.'"
Aviator Sunglasses Will Become Even More Popular Time Newsfeed writer Megan Gibson
would just like to point out "that you should never underestimate the
power of aviators and a flight suit." That's what we're afraid of.
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