Columnist worries for Maverick’s career, sequel

By: Bryan Trude, Feature Editor

In the immortal words of Monty Python, “and now for something completely different.”

One of the biggest movie-related bits of news to dribble out of the gaping maw that is Hollywood speculation is the sudden announcement of “Top Gun 2.” Though no script has been revealed and there is no word if “Top Gun” star Tom Cruise is involved, the film already has a director in Tony Scott, who broke the news while promoting his upcoming film “Unstoppable” in Australia.

My question is why does “Top Gun” need a sequel?

Hollywood seems to be in love with remakes, reboots and sequels to movies that were made when I thought walking was a complicated process – I was only two when “Top Gun” hit theaters in May 1986 – and I would have hoped that 20-plus years of innovation and creation would have given Hollywood something new to play with.

2010 has already been stuffed to the brim with remakes that really have no business existing (Predators), and some just flat out get the source material dead wrong (The Karate Kid. Hello? He’s the KARATE Kid, not the KUNG-FU Kid.)

Looking at Scott’s filmography, he is no stranger to the needless rehash of classics. 2009’s “The Taking of Pelham 123” is a remake of a 1974 movie based on the novel of the same name, which starred classic “old man actor” Walter Matthau, which was already rehashed in 1998 as a straight-to-TV movie featuring Edward James Olmos.

In the end, I guess what I’m trying to say is, Hollywood, you know I love you. I don’t have anything against the occasional remake or reboot – I personally loved J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” – but enough is enough.

“Top Gun” is near the top of my short list of favorite movies of all time, and it was just fine spending 25 years filling my head with romanticized images of Navy fighter pilots without a sequel.

Not much of my childhood is left intact because of you. Michael Bay turned “Transformers” from a beloved children’s cartoon about super-cool robots that turned into super-cool stuff into “Explosion: The Movie” starring a bunch of humans with some giant ‘bots in the background. Please, don’t take my Maverick from me.


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