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.
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, (*3*) 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.