Tom Cruise was waxing lyrical about the film business last night when he turned up, unannounced, in London to accept the Legend of our Lifetime gong at the Empire Awards.
But he also had to get specific when he was asked about the latest updates on the highly-anticipated 'Top Gun' sequel.
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Producer Jerry Bruckheimer recently announced that, in a very 21st century update, 'Top Gun 2' would be pitting Tom Cruise's character Maverick against drones.
"We've been trying to get that movie made for 30 years, and I think we're getting closer and closer," Bruckheimer told Ricky Camilleri on HuffPostLive.
"Don [Simpson] and I tried to develop something, we didn't succeed. [Tom] Cruise took over, and he tried to develop something, and he didn't succeed. Now we're back at it."
As Bruckheimer noted, it was Tony Scott, the film's original director, who was able to crack the story before his death in 2012.
Tom Cruise as Maverick in the original blockbuster 'Top Gun' in 1986
"The concept is, basically, are the pilots obsolete because of drones. Cruise is going to show them that they're not obsolete. They're here to stay," Bruckheimer said. "It's just getting to the starting place. Fortunately for Tom, he's very busy, so you have to find a slot he can fit into and get a budget that Paramount feels they can make the picture."
Tom Cruise waxed lyrical on the art of movie-making last night in London, explaining that he'd spent the majority of his time in editing suites and on production sets, but that it had given him "a rich life". Read more of what he had to say here...