Bruckheimer said that he had recently caught up with Cruise to "discuss" working on the long-awaited 'Top Gun' sequel.
After months of speculation, it would appear that work on Top Gun 2 has finally begun, with producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeting a picture of himself with Tom Cruise, the star of the iconic original movie, saying that they had met specifically to “discuss” the project.
The 72 year old production heavyweight seems to have at last confirmed that one of the most eagerly-anticipated sequels in movie history is actually a going concern, a full three decades after the first Top Gun came out in 1986.
Tom Cruise at the New York premiere of 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation'
The actor has revealed some juicy ‘Top Gun 2’ details on his Facebook page.
Nearly 30 years after we were first introduced to Iceman and Maverick, it seems a sequel to Top Gun could finally be on its way, according to star Val Kilmer. In a Facebook status shared late on Monday night, the actor seemed to confirm not only his involvement in the sequel, but also that of Tom Cruise and director Francis Ford Coppola.
Val Kilmer seems to be onboard for Top Gun 2.
The legendary producer wants to add a contemporary feel to any sequel
Jerry Bruckheimer wants Tom Gun 2 to focus on drones
Top Gun 2 was in serious jeopardy when Tony Scott – director of the original cult hit – died in August of 2012. But instead of letting the project fizzle out, Bruckheimer has always been keen to press on and make it a reality. Now, the producer has revealed that drones will play a huge part in the sequel.
'Pirates of the Caribbean' producer, Jerry Bruckheimer and The Walt Disney Co. are parting ways in 2014 as the company attempts to rein in film costs and focus on movies from Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm LTD.
Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the blockbuster franchise 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and this year's biggest summer flop 'The Lone Ranger' will be parting ways with Walt Disney Co as the company will not renew its first-look deal when it runs out in 2014.
The 69 year old boosts a résumé of producing such films for the studio as 'The Rock', 'Armageddon', 'National Treasure', 'Con Air' and the hugely successful franchise 'Pirates of the Caribbean'.
The reason for the company severing ties with the Hollywood producer is to cut costs and concentrate on films from Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm Ltd.
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And we are counting Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth here.
The rumor has been lurking around the movie business for a while, and now, sadly for Jerry Bruckheimer, it’s been confirmed: Disney is ending the producer’s contract in 2014. The Hollywood Reporter first announced the news, shared in an email from Disney to the website. Following the announcement, Bruckheimer himself maintains that the split was a personal choice, prompted by the fact that the company was not in favor of making the movies he wanted to make. However, this has done little to quell the rumors that the split was decided by Disney, due to the dismal performance of The Lone Ranger earlier this year. Nevertheless, the Pirates of the Carribean producer defended his right to some measure of independence.
As of 2014, Bruckheimer will be a free bird.
"It's time for us to tackle all kinds of movies, not just Disney movies," Bruckheimer told The Hollywood Reporter. "We're still working on Pirates and hopefully National Treasure, and we still have development at Disney."
Fans of the ever-popular 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise will have to wait a little bit long to see Capt. Jack Sparrow on the big screen again
Johnny Depp and co. won't be back on screen in their finest swashbuckling attire for longer than first anticipated, as it has been revealed that Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 will not be finished in time to meet it's originally planned release date. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie was due to hit cinemas in summer 2015, but will now arrive at a later date.
Johnny Depp will be returning as Capt. Jack Sparrow
Series producer Jerry Bruckheimer told THR that the decision was made to push back the release date was due to on-going script issues that should be resolved in time to see the film released in time for summer 2016. Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, will see Johnny Depp return to his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, with no further cast details yet announced. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg were in agreement to direct, but this could potentially change with the new script adjustments.
On the UK market, is The Lone Ranger doomed from the start?
The Lone Ranger is just opening in the UK this weekend, but Disney’s latest attempt at a blockbuster seems pretty much dead on arrival. It stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer and is a product of the creative director/producer team of Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer. So, if the talent is all there (after all, the team’s last franchise, Pirates of the Carribbean, became a long-running success for Disney), what was it that made Lone Ranger just so… unwatchable?
Will the Lone Ranger perform better in the UK?
Johnny Depp and his Lone Ranger co-stars have fired back at US critics ahead of the big-budget western's British release this week. The Gore Verbinski helmed movie, starring Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the Ranger, was mauled by critics stateside and opened to just $29 million.
Johnny Depp [L] and Armie Hammer [R] Play Tonto and the Lone Ranger
"I think the reviews were written 7-8 months before we released the film," Depp told Yahoo Movies: "I think the reviews were written when they heard Gore [Verbinksi] and Jerry [Bruckheimer] and me were going to do 'The Lone Ranger'. They had expectations that it must be a blockbuster. I didn't have any expectations of that. I never do."
Continue reading: Johnny Depp: "Critics Wrote 'Lone Ranger' Reviews 8 Months Ago"
It's not looking great for Disney going into The Lone Ranger's second weekend at the box-office.
Disney's disaster The Lone Ranger - which cost over $400 million including marketing costs - should sink without trace at the box-office this weekend given the release of several big-hitters and the continuing success of Despicable Me 2. The western-reboot took a grim $48.9 million domestic during the long holiday weekend to leave it pushing DVD and Blu-Ray sales to recoup its spending.
Johnny Depp [L] and Armie Hammer [R] As Tonto and The Lone Ranger
"...the problem with weird is that it doesn't shift tickets, popcorn and merchandise the way big summer blockbusters are supposed to," wrote Richard Jinman in his piece for The Week. The problem with that observation is that The Lone Ranger isn't weird - it's just bad, and nobody wants to watch horrifically big-budget westerns.
Continue reading: The Lone Ranger To Sink Without Trace, Putting Disney Out Of Its Misery
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is at the world premiere of his latest movie 'The Lone Ranger' starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp and directed by Gore Verbinski. He talks about the appeal of the movie while talking to press on the red carpet.
Jerry Bruckheimer speaks about The Lone Ranger on which he acted as the producer. The whole project began many years ago when he bought the rights to the film. Prior to this Bruckheimer had always shown an interest in the Western genre, he explains: 'The first picture I ever did in the 70's (The Culpepper Cattle Co.) was a western and I always wanted to come back to the genre. 5 years ago, when the rights came up for The Lone Ranger, we were lucky enough to purchase the rights with Disney's blessing.' He goes on to explain his reasons behind choosing this film specifically: 'What I like about The Lone Ranger is it's a character who's out for justice, he's been wronged in the past. It's also close to my heart, it started out in 1933 as a radio show in Detroit where I'm from and I grew up with it on TV and I wanted to be a cowboy!'
Continue reading: Jerry Bruckheimer - The Lone Ranger Video Interview
Stars of 'The Lone Ranger', Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, have ancestry which links them to two American activists including a slave who gained her freedom by using the law and a Cherokee peace advocate.
Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer have close connections to the characters they play in the Disney's The Lone Ranger. Research by Ancestry.com has revealed the stars are both separately descended from two American freedom fighters: one an African American woman and the other a Cherokee leader.
Johnny Depp stars in the Jerry Bruckheimer re-make as Tonto a Native American who aids the Lone Ranger, played by Armie Hammer. A typical 'Cowboys and Indians' adaptation with just enough Pirates of the Caribbean swash buckling as can possibly be crammed into the mid-west.
Armie Hammer at the L.A. Premiere of The Lone Ranger
Johnny Depp introduced footage of The Longer Ranger at CinemaCon, where Disney made some big announcements.
Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski shared 20 minutes of exclusive footage from The Lone Ranger at CinemaCon on Wednesday (April 17, 2013), while Disney confirmed it would release the next three Star Wars sequels every summer beginning with Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015.
The Lone Ranger - which cost $225 million to make - is the riskiest title of the summer. Though it boasts a huge pedigree, with Depp on-screen, Verbinski behind the camera and Jerry Bruckheimer producing, there's little evidence that audiences actually want this movie. Still, the audience appeared to respond well to the exclusive footage at CinemaCon and the cast and crew remain confident. "We saw the picture yesterday and it looks terrific," said Disney chairman Alan Horn, who led the company's presentation. One exhibitor told the Hollywood Reporter, "It looks good," which doesn't exactly scream "Award winner!" but we guess it's something. In the first clip shown, the Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer) and Tonto (Depp) meet for the first time, while in the second, Tonto saves the Lone Ranger from near-certain death.
As well as the Star Wars announcement, Disney pushed the fact that it now owns Marvel Studios, LucasFilm and Pixar. Horn also treated exhibitors to a full screening of Pixar's Monster's University. The animated prequel hits theaters in the U.S. on 21 June 2013.
The Top Gun Sequel - which was set to star Tom Cruise - has fallen apart in the wake of director Tony Scott's death. The filmmaker committed suicide on August 19, 2012, leaving Paramount Pictures executives with no choice but to scrap the sequel and focus attention on a 3-D version of the original movie.
According to the New York Times, the 3-D version was completed earlier this year by Legend3D, who specialize in converting conventional movies into three-dimensional films. It had been scheduled as a way to whet the appetite for the sequel that was being planned by Scott, Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Now, with the second movie no longer in pre-production, Paramount are left with a 3-D movie that could be perceived as a tribute to the director's death. It could still be a box-office success, though only if it's not perceived to be exploitative of opportunistic. In its 3-D format, Titanic took over $342 million worldwide, with a conversion cost of just $18 million. Top Gun - with its aerial action and motorcycle stunts - would probably lend itself well to the format and seems a natural candidate, though Scott's death makes things a little more complex.
The director had responded enthusiastically to the conversion in the weeks before his death, though his attention was solely focused on the fresh new sequel.
Continue reading: Top Gun Sequel Falls Apart, But 3-D Version Headed For Cinemas
US 2012 Election: As the final hours of the day that are to decide the fate of America, as well as the entire world, come to a close, celebrities all over the United States are showing their ardent support to the candidates that they're backing. It seems that everyone in America is terrified regarding the outcome and with polls absolutely neck and neck, whatever happens almost half of the country is going to feel disappointed with the outcome. For many celebrities, they feel the onus of at the very least getting the country to vote. Let's take a look at what Barack Obama's and Mitt Romney's most famous supporters are saying.
On the Democrat's team:
Mariah Carey: Carey has supported Obama in a variety of ways, having sung at the President's inauguration, as well as penning a song called 'Bring it on home' especially for this year's Democratic campaign.
Two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters go down in the mazelike streets of Mogadishu during a routine search-and-capture mission, leaving 100 G.I.'s stumbling around enemy territory with limited resources until the rescue Rangers show up. It's been oft-compared to having almost two full hours of Steven Spielberg's masterful 30-minute Omaha Beach sequence in Saving Private Ryan, which sounds good on paper only because Ryan suffered by following up its amazing visual prologue with a glut of character-driven monologues to invest personality within each soldier before he get killed. But Spielberg understood the basic precepts of documentary filmmaking: no matter how chaotic things got, we always understood where the soldiers were, and where they were going. Black Hawk Down, by removing exposition and cohesion, couldn't care less.
Continue reading: Black Hawk Down Review
Not only that, but it's assembled using all of Bruckheimer's tried and tested techniques: Mix movie stars and indie heroes into an eclectic, slumming cast and have them act in a ludicrously high-concept scenario. (Here it is: The worst criminals in the country team up to hijack their prison transport plane! And it's up to one man to stop them!) Then spend lots of money but indulge in a cynical jokiness, and hire a director who will shoot the whole thing like it's a music video or a commercial (preferably for itself).
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Ironically, this incident, where ship's cook Dorie Miller took charge and shot back during America's worst hour on December 7, 1941, is just about the only true event to be found in the entire, oppressive three-hour film. (And our producers are quick to remind us of just how ripped-from-history this little vignette is. Never mind that Gooding has a pitiful excuse for a role with maybe five minutes of screen time.)
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Ironically, the early 1990s would bring to light the fact that carousing was what naval pilots seemed to do best: The 1986 Tailhook scandal occured during the same year Top Gun was released.
Continue reading: Top Gun Review
Beverly Hills Cop is actually a bit of a nutty idea -- combine a standard cop actioner with a fish out of water tale. Who would've thought that would be any good? But it works, and how, with Murphy turning in perhaps his funniest performance ever -- mocking the supporting cast at every turn (favorite targets: gay men, uptight men, and gay/uptight men) and tossing off one-liners like he's got a wad of them stuffed in his pocket. His Axel Foley, one of the most widely impersonated characters in film (remember the popularity of the "Mumford Phys. Ed." sweatshirt?), heads from rough-and-tumble Detroit to prim-and-proper Beverly Hills to investigate the murder of his best friend, uncovering a much bigger plot, of course.
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What it does have is some of the best actors working in film today (Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, and Ed Harris), seasoned producers Jerry Bruckheimer and the late Don Simpson (Top Gun, for starters), Bad Boys director Michael Bay, and some relatively unknown screenwriters (David Weisberg, Douglas S. Cook, and Mark Rosner), who all pull together to tell one hell of a story -- and hands-down the best action flick of the year-to-date.
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It's 1993. Some Hollywood bigshot reads an article in GQ magazine about a nutty bar called the Coyote Ugly in Manhattan. They only have women bartenders, see, and they, like, dance on the bar with fire and stuff! And they don't serve water. If someone orders water they hose down the crowd! Holy mackerel, what a nutty place!
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Fast forward 12 months. Bruckheimer brings back the costumes, the swordplay, another talented but mildly-experienced director, and his discovery Knightley, this time in a leather S&M get-up. Add the writer of Gladiator. Can the formula work again?
Continue reading: King Arthur Review
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