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Tom Cruise Gives More Details on Top Gun Sequel

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Will Tom Cruise and other cast members of the 1986 action movie Top Gun come back to San Diego in an upcoming sequel? Potentially yes, depending on the storyline and whether or not the project actually gets going. Cruise, the star of the original film, told MTV News that "… I don't think Chris [McQuarrie] is going to write it," Cruise said. "Chris is directing One Shot right now, which I'm acting. We've got to go back in January and finish it."

Chris McQuarrie wrote The Usual Suspects, which earned him an Academy Award in 1996. He also wrote, directed and produced Valkyrie, which starred Cruise. One Shot is the film that McQuarrie also wrote, stars Cruise and Robert Duvall, and is based on the Lee Child crime novel. McQuarrie was in the news in October 2010 as being tapped to write Top Gun 2 for Paramount.

"We're working on it," said Cruise about Top Gun 2, who was in Dubai today doing press for the new Mission Impossible film, Ghost Protocol. "I said to Tony [Scott] I want to make another movie with him. He and I haven't made a film since 'Days of Thunder,' " Cruise said. "Tony and I and Jerry, we never thought that we would do it again. Then they started to come to us with these ideas of where it is now. I thought, 'Wow, that would be ... what we could do now.' English film director Tony Scott is most famous for films such as Top Gun, Enemy of the State and True Romance. He’s the younger brother of producer and director Sir Ridley Scott, maker of films such as Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down and Gladiator.

"I hope we can figure this out to go do it again," Cruise told MTV. "If we can find a story that we all want to do, we all want to make a film that is in the same kind of tone as the other one and shoot it in the same way as we shot Top Gun. The original, a film about naval pilots in the Navy Fighter Weapons School, was shot partially in San Diego at the former Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego, originally established on March 3, 1969. A decade later, it merged into the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at NAS Fallon in Nevada. The cast of the film included Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer and Tim Robbins.

Top Gun was shot around the Miramar, downtown and Point Loma areas of San Diego, though most of the jet sequences were filmed in Nevada. Cruise was seen regularly on his Kawasaki GPZ900R at the intersection of Union and Laurel. Scenes were shot at the Red Fox Room and the Lafayette Hotel next door, as well as the Kansas City BBQ, the latter of which thrives on the notoriety. The cottage where actress Kelly McGillis’ character lived in is located off the strand in Oceanside.

The film Top Gun experienced one death: Arthur Scholl, aerial cameraman and pilot, whose Pitts S-2 camera plane spun out of control while filming and spiraling into the Pacific off the San Diego coastline. Footage made by Scholl made it into the film, and Top Gun was dedicated in his honor.  His body nor the plane were recovered from the accident.