Entertainment Movies

'Top Gun' sequel not about drones: Director

Tom Cruise in "Top Gun." (HO)

Tom Cruise in "Top Gun." (HO)

Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski has shot down rumours the movie will be about drones.

Since news broke that Tom Cruise will be back as fighter pilot Maverick in the follow-up film to 1986’s Top Gun, rumours have been swirling about the plot.

One theory is that Maverick will be pitted against unmanned aerial vehicles, as opposed to other pilots like Val Kilmer’s Iceman in the original flick, but Kosinski has confirmed that won’t be happening in his movie.

“Personally, I would never want to see a movie about drones. For me Top Gun has always been not about fighter planes. It’s been about fighter pilots,” he stated to Cinema Blend.

Top Gun is one of the most popular movies of the 1980s, and went on to win an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song at the 1987 Academy Awards.

It also spawned famous catchphrases like “I feel the need, the need for speed,” and the soundtrack, which includes song Take My Breath Away by Berlin, reached the top of the U.S. music charts.

Because of the original’s success, producer Jerry Bruckheimer recently admitted he was feeling the pressure over the long-awaited sequel.

“I’ll tell you, any movie you make has pressure there, and when you have an iconic movie like Top Gun you know the bar is really high,” he told the British newspaper Metro.

“But we try to raise the bar in everything we do so it’s all about getting enormously talented people to work on it, and Tom is such a gifted not only actor, but also he produced this thing and he’s got a real sense of what the audience wants and what he likes”.

Top Gun: Maverick is expected to hit cinemas in July, 2019.