“It was just such a wild ride for him to share ‘Top Gun’ with me and a lot of other young actors, and it still is,” Teller said.
There’s still plenty of summer ahead of us, but many have already crowned Top Gun: Maverick as the undisputed winner of the summer cinema season. Joseph Kosinski’s sequel received rave reviews from critics and box office continues to grow, making it the first Tom Cruise film to gross over $1 billion.
With all this success, it’s easy to imagine Paramount looking to pull off a threesome. While many assumed another Top Gun movie was unlikely due to the nearly 40-year gap between the first two, star Miles Teller is trying his best to make it happen. Speaking to ET this week, the actor revealed he’s spoken to Cruise about making Top Gun 3 and doesn’t think the idea can be ruled out just yet.
“That would be great, but that’s up to TC,” Teller said, referring to Tom Cruise. “It all depends on Tom. I’ve had a few conversations with him about it. We will see.”
While Teller joked that his team is using the film’s impressive box office numbers to “advance future negotiations,” the actor had nothing but positive things to say about the experience working with Cruise on the film.
“It was just such a wild ride for him to share ‘Top Gun’ with me and a lot of other young actors,” Teller said. “And it still works.”
Teller isn’t alone in his opinion on continuing the franchise. The cast and crew of Top Gun: Maverick agreed that the ball is in Tom Cruise’s hands for a possible sequel. Co-star Glen Powell also told IndieWire it was because of Cruise. “I think Tom’s basic motto at the beginning of this thing is, ‘If you can’t beat the earlier films, there’s no reason to even do it,'” Powell said. “There’s no reason to just add another film to the world’s filmography if it doesn’t add to or surpass the original.”
While nothing is officially in development, even director Joseph Kosinski didn’t completely rule out the possibility of a sequel in an interview with IndieWire’s Kate Erbland.
“It took 36 years for Tom to agree to do this!” Kosinski said. “It’s up to him. He’s the one who needs convincing. That’s how this project started when Jerry and I went to Paris to talk Tom into it. It’s all about history. It’s all about emotions. If we can find a way, a journey for Maverick to go back and be with these young pilots and figure something out, maybe it could happen. I think right now we should just be happy that we got this one.”
Top Gun: Maverick is in theaters now.