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‘Top Gun 2’ Lands ‘The Town’ Scribe; Chris Weitz Taking a Stab at Mark Romanek’s ‘Cinderella’

Posted by , on February 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm 

Even when Paramount expressed legitimate interest in Top Gun 2 at the end of 2011, something inside me said “that’s never happening.” Perhaps it was the lengthy period of time since Top Gun came out, maybe Tom Cruise and Tony Scott would be too busy, it’s possible that the budget would balloon out of control — I don’t know. It just didn’t add up.

Yet Variety reports that screenwriter Peter Craig (The Town) has been chosen by the studio to fashion something for a follow-up, which Jerry Bruckheimer, Tom Cruise, and Tony Scott are said to be returning for in their respective roles. (Tom Skerritt could not be reached for comment.) Even stranger is the mention that Craig wasn’t the first to get hired; superhero scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz were approached in October, only to be stopped by prior obligations.

This creates so, so many questions, one of the primary being what the heck you would even center Top Gun 2 on. That kind of information will have to wait, and the only thing we have right now are of Scott‘s comments made about setting it in the desert out west. Subversive! Otherwise, I’m only going to have to sit here and be very curious/a little concerned for the time being.

Speaking of under-reported projects: One of the only recent instances in which Mark Romanek‘s name was incurred around here pertained to his involvement with Disney’s newest take on Cinderella. I, at the time, thought that something strong must be lying in this material, if only because it could attract a guy who’s such an independent and resolutely uncommercial artist. Which is to say that a new Cinderella movie from Disney might not normally be his “bag.”

It turns out he signed on at some point in the six months twixt then and now, and is even far enough along with it for the requisite rewrite to enter the equation. Thus, THR informs us that director Chris Weitz (A Better Life, About a Boy) has been tapped by Disney to give Aline Brosh McKenna‘s script a pass, the contents of which remain under lock and key. Despite this dearth of valuable things to put into quotations, THR suggests that Weitz‘s work having such a wide range could be one reason for the hire. Perhaps Cinderella‘s got a little something for everyone? It’d be nice enough if it had anything for Romanek.

Will you flock to Top Gun 2? How about another Cinderella?


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