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.’”
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.
“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.