We wanted Top Gun Maverick to come across as its own beast: Joseph Kosinski

Top Gun: Maverick brings back Tom Cruise as Pete Maverick Mitchell, the suave and daring US Navy aviator, alongside newcomers like Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm.

Filmmaker Joseph Kosinski has vivid memories of Tom Cruise’s 1986 hit Top Gun, and when he got the opportunity to direct its sequel thirty years later, the director says he wanted to ensure that the film felt like a worthy follow-up to the original.
The sequel, titled Top Gun: Maverick, is now ready for release after being delayed by two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The much-awaited follow-up brings back Tom Cruise as Pete Maverick Mitchell, the suave and daring US Navy aviator, alongside newcomers like Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm.
Joseph Kosinski, who had earlier collaborated with Cruise for 2013 movie Oblivion, said he tried to approach the sequel in a way that honours the original’s legacy.
“The approach is a little different because Top Gun is such an iconic film that was embraced by everyone when it came out. It was the number one film in 1986. The concept of the film, the concept of a wing man is something that’s just kind of pervaded our culture.
“The soundtrack was played endlessly on the radio that summer and I remember this as a 12 year old hearing it. So, it’s different stepping into something that’s so well-known and beloved. I wanted to make sure that this film felt like it was a Top Gun sequel,” the 48-year-old director told PTI in a Zoom interview.
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Kosinski also wanted Maverick to come across as its own beast, said the filmmaker.
“I wanted to make it feel like it was in the world of Top Gun, but at the same time, figure out ways to make it our own, tell our own story and push the cinematography as much as the first film did. Now, audiences will decide if we have achieved that.” Top Gun: Maverick is set over 30 years after the events of Top Gun and sees Maverick training a group of Top Gun graduates, including Rooster, the son of his late wingman Goose, for a specialized mission.