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'Top Gun' sequel put on hold

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A sequel to Tom Cruise's classic 1986 film "Top Gun" has been put on hold following director Tony Scott's suicide.

Bosses at Paramount Pictures approached Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer about developing "Top Gun 2" in 2010, and screenwriter Peter Craig ("The Town") was hired to pen the script.

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Scott and Cruise went so far as to scout potential filming locations in Fallon, Nev., over the summer, but tragedy struck on Aug. 19, when the celebrated director jumped to his death from a bridge in California, prompting movie chiefs to temporarily shelve the project out of respect for Scott's legacy.

Executives at Paramount are now considering ditching the sequel altogether so as not to exploit Scott's death or appear insensitive to family members and fans, reports The New York Times.

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Nov 7, 2012 6:47PM
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If they don't even have a script yet, how will hiring a new director exploit Scott's death?  As long as they don't use his name in any of the publicity, I don't see how they will be exploiting anything.  Besides, he was a filmmaker. His brother is a filmmaker.  I don't think either of them would want a project completely trashed.  Would Heath Ledger have wanted The Dark Knight to never be released out of sensitivity to his family?
Nov 7, 2012 6:57PM
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How about telling the truth?  The project isn't being shelved because of the director's tragic suicide; it's being shelved because it was a bad idea to begin with.
Nov 7, 2012 6:42PM
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If I had to work with Tom Cruise I would probably kill myself too.
Nov 7, 2012 6:41PM
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IT'S JUST A MOVIE. IT WOULD SHOW A MEANING. YOU COULD EVEN DED THE MOVIE TO HIM .
Nov 7, 2012 6:40PM
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WOULD HAVE SUCKED AS THE HOT(NOW GAY BLOND CAN`T GET HER NAME YET) HAS HIT THE WALL, THEY WAITED WAY TOO LONG FOR THE SEQUEL. REALLY LIKED TOP GUN AND THE MUSIC!
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