Revealed: Tom Cruise didn’t want to make Top Gun: Maverick, had to be persuaded by director Joseph Kosinski, who only had half an hour
Joseph Kosinski had half an hour to convince Tom Cruise to make Top Gun: Maverick.
The 48-year-old director, who directed the long-awaited sequel to Top Gun, revealed how he had to pitch the episode to Tom, 59, in Paris to get the project off the ground.
Joseph told Polygon: “So I read the script, and I got some ideas, and Jerry (Bruckheimer) liked them. He said, ‘You know what, you gotta push this straight to Tom. “
Convincing needed: Top Gun: Mavericks director Joseph Kosinski, 48, had to convince Tom Cruise, 59, to make long-awaited sequel; Cruise and Kosinski May 6, 2022 Day photo
“So we flew to Paris, where Tom was filming Mission: Impossible, and we gave him about half an hour between sets,” the Wisconsin native explained.
“And I basically had 30 minutes to promote the movie, which I didn’t realize when we flew over. But when I got there, I found out that Tom really didn’t want to make another Top Gun.
The filmmaker added: “It’s one of those moments as a director, you have a moment in every movie where you’re on set to say why the movie should be made. I have 30 minutes to go. Do.
Mission Impossible: “I basically had 30 minutes to promote the movie… When I got there, I found out that Tom really didn’t want to make another Top Gun,” Kosinski explained; Figure for May 18, 2022
“At the end of the game, he picked up the phone, called the head of Paramount Pictures, and said, ‘We’re making another Top Gun. The power of seeing a real movie star in that moment is really overwhelming Impressed.
Joseph also revealed why the film was titled Top Gun: Maverick because he wanted the film to be a “character-driven story.”
“You know, I just got that title, and I think it sums it up,” he recalls. “We’re not going to call it Top Gun 2, we’re going to call it Top Gun: Mavericks. “
“It’s a character-driven story, a drama that revolves around this giant action movie. To me, it’s a Top Gun movie,” he said.
Yes! ‘ at the end of the field, [Tom] Picking up the phone, he called the head of Paramount Pictures and said, “We’re going to make another Top Gun”; Cruise’s still from “Top Gun: The Maverick”
Long-awaited sequel: The highly-anticipated sequel hits theaters May 27 across the U.S. to rave reviews, 36 years after the original Top Gun hit theaters
Cruise reprises the role of LT Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell It’s been 36 years since the original Top Gun blasted him to Hollywood stardom.
In Top Gun: The Maverick, his character is now a flight instructor, training a detachment of Top Gun graduates on a special mission never before seen by a living pilot.
The highly anticipated sequel opened May 27 across the U.S. to rave reviews, soaring to the top of the box office with an estimated $151 million over the four-day Memorial Day holiday.
The high-speed sequel now holds the record for the second-biggest debut this holiday weekend in movie history.
The 1986 original film was a huge success, putting Tom on stage and starring Anthony Edwards, Meg Ryan, Kelly McGillis and Val Kilmer.
The film was a hit, grossing more than $356 million on a budget of just $15 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Top Gun was the highest-grossing film of 1986.
Iconic: The original 1986 film was a huge success, starring Anthony Edwards, Kelly McGillis and Val Kilmer; Tom is pictured with Kelly McGillis in a 1986 promotional photo