Christopher McQuarrie working on 'Top Gun 2' script

McQuarrie feels the need for speed

In his 25 year career, American filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie has quietly amassed 13 screenwriting credits including one for his Best Original Screenplay - The Usual Suspects. Of those 13 films, 7 have been collaborations with none other than Tom Cruise. And now, ‘Top Gun 2’ will mark the dynamic duo’s sixth consecutive collaboration.

In an interview with Empire Magazine, Cruise revealed that he and McQuarrie are once again working together on the sequel to Paramount’s high octane sequel. Sources confirm that McQuarrie is reworking portions of the script co-written by Peter Craig (The Town, Blood Father) and Justin Marks (The Jungle Book), along with Thor and X-Men First Class writers Ashley E. Miller and Zack Stentz.

Back in August, Paramount delayed the anticipated sequel a full year in an effort to give director Joseph Kosinski and crew extra time “to work out all the complex flight sequences so that the pic can be great.” Of course, as difficult as it may be to craft those complex flight sequences, Paramount’s delay seemingly pointed to issues beyond flight logistics.

Though we won’t know just how much McQuarrie plans to rework the script, his presence instills a great deal of confidence for a sequel fans never asked for, much less need.

Top Gun 2 is slated for release June 26, 2020