Top Gun 2 Director Explains Why The Sequel Opens The Same As The Original
Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski explains why the film begins the same way as the original 1986 film with the same musical score.
Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski explains why the sequel has the same opening style as the original. The first one Superior gun was released in 1986, helping launch the careers of Tom Cruise and director Tony Scott. The film featured an iconic soundtrack that has remained a defining aspect of the film, including the score by Harold Faltermeyer, who designed the Superior gun theme. The opening sequence features footage of F-14 fighter jets taking off from an aircraft carrier as Faltermeyer’s score plays over it before leading into Kenny Loggins. “Dangerous zone,” another song that has become synonymous with the film (and is also featured in the sequel).
Another aspect of Superior gunThe opening of which featured prominently was the opening card, which described the context of Superior gun in regards to real life, chronicling how the actual school the film is based on was formed on March 3, 1969, by the United States Navy. The purpose of the school was to teach the art of aerial combat to the top 1% of the Navy’s pilots, ensuring that they were the best fighter pilots in the world. The elite school was originally called the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School, but the pilots called it Top Gun. Today, the program remains, but has been renamed the United States Navy Attack Tactics Instructor Program (SFTI program) and is still informally referred to as Top Gun.
In an interview with THR, Top Gun: Maverick Director Joseph Kosinski says Faltermeyer’s score had a big influence on starting the film the same way as the first, as he considers it as iconic as STar Wars’ theme. While the same piece of Superior gun the theme music played in the original plays in Top Gun: Maverick, there is a noticeable difference in the title sequence, which involves the opening card. The original reading “…to ensure that the handful of graduate men…” for “…to ensure that the handful of men and women graduate…” because there are now female fighter pilots (who started integrating into the navy and air force in the early 90s). Here’s what Kosinski had to say about the opening’s changes and similarities:
Harold Faltermeyer’s score is for me as emblematic as star wars, which is why I wanted to start the film the same way as the first film. Well everyone says it’s exactly the same [start] like the first movie, but it’s not. I added “men and women” to the opening paragraph. I hope people take notice, because women are flying for Top Gun now.
Kosinski also explained how he had to innovate in the same way director Tony Scott did when the first film was produced, capturing the flight “in a way that has never been done before.” Kosinski’s first goal was to shoot Cruise in real F-18s (one of the Navy’s current fighter jets), which turned into getting all of the actor fighter pilots into the jets, which allowed Cruise to design a course that had all the actors prepped for the project. Be able to film all the actors in the cockpit of the F-18 in flight “open the whole movie,” according to Kosinski, carrying the torch for the late Tony Scott by doing Top Gun: Maverick something fresh and new for the public.
The hype behind Top Gun: Maverick cannot be underestimated at this point. Strong reviews and decades of anticipation have created an air of excitement, propelled by the images and trailers already revealed that promise a return to what made the original a classic. Cruise’s engagement, along with the rest of the cast and crew, seeks to deliver a long overdue summer blockbuster.
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