‘Jungle Book’ Writer Justin Marks Might Scribe ‘Top Gun’ Sequel

By Kevyn Cortez | 2 years ago
‘Jungle Book’ Writer Justin Marks Might Scribe ‘Top Gun’ Sequel

‘Jungle Book’ writer Justin Marks, is currently in negotiations to pen a script for Paramount’s “Top Gun 2,” which has been in development for years after Tom Cruise starred in the movie in 1986. For more details on this story, read on.

As reported first by Hollywood Reporter (THR), Marks has caught the eye of Paramount to produce a script for the sequel of  “Top Gun,” the movie that launched the career of Cruise.


Marks’ recent work was writing for the script of the upcoming Jon Favreau –directed “Jungle Books” by Disney, which currently is now in production. “Jungle Book” stars the voices of Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Idris Elba among others. Moreover, Marks is also working on the script for the adaptation of  Warner Bros’ “Federal Bureau of Physics.”

The sequel will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer who’s recently moved to Paramount after years of a collaborating deal at Disney. David Ellison’s Skydance will co-produce while its Dana Goldberg will be executive producing.  Marks has previously worked with Bruckheimer for the Disney film “War Dogs” which he was hired to write.

Cruise will reprise his role as Maverick in a story that “aims to show the relevance of good old fashioned pilots in today’s high-tech, drone-centric war environment.”

The original 1986 “Top Gun” was directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. Scott was tapped to return to his role as the sequel’s director till his suicide in 2012, hindering production of the said sequel.

The film starred Tom Cruise as Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a young naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, given the chance to train at the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School at Miramar in San Diego. Along with Cruise are Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, and Tom Skerritt.

The film opened in the United States in 1,028 theaters and quickly became a success becoming the highest grossing film of 1986. The film gained mixed critical response scoring a positive 55% of 46 critics from Rotten Tomatoes, averaging of 5.8 out of 10. The film was nominated for and won many awards, most prominently for its sound and effects, it won Best Music, Original Song for the song “Take My Breath Away” at the 1987 Academy Awards, Best Original Song – Motion Picture at Golden Globe Awards, Best Pop Instrumental Performance at the Grammys, Favorite Motion Picture at  People’s Choice Awards.

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