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Joseph Kosinski Talks TOP GUN 2 and TRON: ASCENSION

Joseph Kosinski Talks TOP GUN 2 and TRON: ASCENSION

With the critically-acclaimed firefighter drama Only the Brave out this weekend (though not exactly lighting up the box office) director Joseph Kosinski has been doing the rounds and talking about that and some of his other projects. The director, who directed Tom Cruise in Oblivion and is set to direct him in the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick, spoke to Comingsoon.net about the similarities between the firefighter hero movie and the naval pilot one.

“I wasn’t thinking about ‘Top Gun’ when I made ‘Only the Brave,’” Kosinski said. But I’ve had a couple of people say that to me. Now that I’m diving into researching the world of Naval aviation, there certainly are a lot of similarities between life in the military and what these guys do. That brotherhood, that camaraderie… There’s certainly some parallels.”

Kosinski also talked about his plans with respect to the iconic mood and tonal feelings of the original Maverick film, explaining that the thirty year gap required a different aesthetic given the realities of the military today.

“The Navy is very different now than it was in 1986. Back then, they hadn’t been in any war for 15 or 20 years at that point. The tone of that movie and what those guys were doing was very different. Now, here in 2017, the Navy’s been at war for 20 years. It’s just a different world now, so you can’t remake the first movie. It has to adapt. That being said, I certainly want to recreate the experience of that movie, which gives you a front-seat into the world of Naval aviation and what it’s like to be in a fighter jet. The approach is going to be appropriate for the times we live in,” the director explained.

And, given that producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean) had outlined the 2019 release as dealing with how drone technology has affected the Navy’s operations, Kosinski was also asked about what use of CGI and visual effects one could expect.

“On ‘Only the Brave”’ I was able to make a movie with very little CGI to try to capture as much as I can in-camera as possible, and that will certainly be my method on ‘Top Gun’ as well,” he said.

Finally, the director, who also helmed the Tron sequel Tron: Legacy, spoke about the moribund Tron: Ascension project that would purportedly complete the trilogy. In this excerpt he talks about whether he and/or actor Jared Leto would be involved.

“Jared and I had actually been talking about “Tron” since “Tron: Legacy” back in 2009. We almost put him in that movie, actually in that scene! So Jared’s a huge fan and we actually batted around ideas and I was talking to him about that role in “Ascension,” but we only got to the script stage on that. We never really moved beyond that and that’s sort of where it sits for now.”

Paramount had announced a release date of July 12, 2019 for Top Gun: Maverick.

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J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, the pseudonym of a New York City-based writer, is a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online and has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age. JDB has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film 'The Lost Weekend' is pure coincidence

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