Paramount has reportedly made offers to both Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott to take the reins on the follow-up, with Cruise's Maverick in a minor role. Cruise has supposedly agreed to sign on, as long as the smaller part isn't too "obvious." Guess this means we shouldn't expect another rendition of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'."
It's been nearly 25 years since the first Top Gun came out, and its fan base still appears to be going strong (I bet you even know guys who've dressed up as Maverick for Halloween!). How do you feel about another installment?
I wanted The Taking of Pelham 123 to be great, or at least kinda fun — full of thrills and interesting characters with a few little one-liners tossed in. Expecting too much? Maybe. But I was disappointed nonetheless because it turns out this movie is predictable and forgettable. It managed to keep my attention for a while, but mostly it's just blah.
For the most part, what you see in the trailers is what you get, in terms of plot: A crazy guy who wants to be called Ryder (John Travolta) hijacks a subway car in New York and he demands millions of dollars in exchange for the hostages' lives. He tells the dispatcher, Walter Garber (Denzel Washington), that the mayor (played a sleazy New Yorker to a "T") has one hour to get Ryder the money and for every minute they're late after the hour, he's going to kill a hostage. Ryder becomes attached to Garber and he forces Garber's secrets to come to light during their interactions, which everyone in the Garber's room can hear — including his boss and the mayor of New York. Ultimately Ryder wants Garber to deliver the money personally, and then we wait to see whether or not Garber can stop Ryder from continuing on with his plans once he gets the money. For more of my thoughts, read more
Everybody's favorite TV mob boss appears to have turned over a new leaf. James Gandolfini has been cast to play the NYC mayor in director Tony Scott's remake of the 1974 thriller The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three. He joins Denzel Washington and John Travolta. Variety has more:
Gandolfini will plays a pol under incredible pressure to end a crisis when a packed subway car is ransomed by a criminal (Travolta) and his gang.
So, from the Bada-Bing strip club to city hall, I'd say Gandolfini's doing pretty well for himself, wouldn't you? I look forward to seeing how Scott plans to update this movie, though I have a long time to wait: Pelham most likely won't be released until Fall 2009.
You aren't experiencing deja vu. If you feel like you've seen this premiere before, it's because you have. It had its US premiere last month in NY. But this week it premiered overseas in France. Meanwhile the film sits comfortably at number three at the box office. In the film Denzel travels back in time to investigate an explosion, but the actor says director Tony Scott based the film on reality. Here's more:
He said he didn't want to make a science fiction movie, but a science fact movie," Washington told The Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen. "He did a lot of research about surveillance and what they are capable of and found out a lot of information about the whole investigation in London and those bombings and how they track all that stuff down. So the film was steeped in that reality."
[Denzel's character] travels back in time to save the woman and ends up falling in love with her.
"I fall in love with a dead woman," Washington said. "That's passion. That's love. That's commitment."
By the looks of Paula Patton who plays his love interest, we don't blame him. For more pics including Denzel, Paula, Tony Scott, and Jerry Bruckheimer just read more