‘I’d lay there’: Tom Cruise says the idea of a Top Gun sequel kept him up at night

As Top Gun: Maverick continues to soar at the box office, Tom Cruise has revealed why it took so long to make the successful sequel.

Cruise said Paramount Pictures wanted a second Top Gun film before the original was even released in 1986, according to Cinemablend.

“Just for years, I would think, ‘How do I do this? What is it?’” Cruise said. “Talking about story and structure for years. People come with ideas that are terrible — just didn’t work at all in any way, shape, or form. And I was just saying, ‘This is never going to work. I’m not interested.’”

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Tom Cruise said he spent the 36 years between the original film’s release in 1986 and its 2022 sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, contemplating how to make the breadth of the film “more expansive.”

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Cruise said that the idea of a sequel kept him awake at night, thinking about storylines and how the best film-making technology could be used to ensure an unprecedented audience experience.

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“I’d lay there at night, OK. I sit down, I’d write, I’d be like, ‘If I did this,’” Cruise said. “And I spent years actually formulating the process by which I would think about making this movie. Because they’re, like, ‘Just go do it, man. You’re Tom. Good. We’re in.’ And I was, like, ‘No, no, there’s a whole thing.’”

Cruise’s dedication to story and cinematography, along with the recent delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, made for a 36-year wait before Maverick hit the big screen.

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In the six weekends since its release, the Top Gun sequel has grossed $1.1 billion worldwide, becoming one of only two films to hit such earnings since the start of the pandemic.

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