Skydance Productions CEO David Ellison and President of Production Dana Goldberg have talked about ‘Jack Reacher’ and ‘Top Gun’ sequels with slashfilm.com.
Could it be a Jack Reacher sequel?
GOLDBERG: No, it’s not actually.
But I do wanna ask about a Jack Reacher sequel. I really, really dug Jack Reacher.
GOLDBERG: Thank you, so do we.
ELLISON: Thank you.
That was one of those movies where a lot of us were hoping for a sequel and then we were nervous it was not gonna happen, and now we’re hearing it will happen. What’s the current status of a sequel? Is there a timeframe you’d like to get it in theaters?
GOLDBERG: We hired Edward Zwick. Right now Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz are doing a rewrite of the original draft that was written by Richard Wenk. Again, going back to where we started this interview, it all comes down to the script. Our hope, Tom’s hope, Paramount’s hope is that we are shooting mid-October the sequel to Jack Reacher, but we haven’t read Ed and Marshall’s draft yet. All of the dominoes fall once that happens because if we like that draft and Tom likes that draft, we’re gonna be shooting in October.
On IMDB, there is a synopsis which talks about Jack going home and he is looked at as a murder suspect. Is that the story you guys are still working on?
ELLISON: This movie, which has been publicly said is obviously based on the most recent book, and so there are obviously a lot of similarities which goes forward to that. Some stuff will be expanded on top of that, but it is not stuff we can…
GOLDBERG: Fair to say, the first Jack Reacher was based on One Shot and we used aspects of that book and changed aspects of that book. It’s fair to say this movie is based on Never Go Back. It’ll use aspects from that book. It will change aspects from that book.
You’re also a thrill seeker; you’re a pilot. And you have Top Gun 2 on your list, which is also with Tom Cruise. Can you talk a little bit about that?
ELLISON: Absolutely. I started flying aerobatics when I was thirteen years old, actually me and my dad took my first lesson on my thirteenth birthday. By the time I was seventeen, I was flying air shows and have thousands of hours flying surface level aerobatics. I absolutely love it. I’ve got three hundred skydives, used to sky surf until that put me in the hospital really badly so I thought maybe let’s not do that anymore, but love aviation, and Top Gun definitely fits into the seminal movie of my childhood, and as a pilot, that is really the movie. Justin Marks is writing the screenplay right now. He has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the navy has turned into today. There is an amazing role for Maverick in the movie and there is no Top Gun without Maverick, and it is going to be Maverick playing Maverick. It is I don’t think what people are going to expect, and we are very, very hopeful that we get to make the movie very soon. But like all things, it all comes down to the script, and Justin is writing as we speak.
You’re gonna do what a lot of sequels have been doing now which is incorporate real use of time from the first one to now.
ELLISON and GOLDBERG: Absolutely.
One of the things about the first movie is the visuals and the dogfights were really well done, and I would imagine now with modern technology you can do action in a whole new way. Is that already being thought about in terms of the action set pieces, or in 3-D?
ELLISON: Absolutely, I think this is a movie that should be in 3-D and in IMAX, and again something that you can shoot practically. As everyone knows with Tom, he is 100% going to want to be in those airplanes shooting it practically. When you look at the world of dogfighting, what’s interesting about it is that it’s not a world that exists to the same degree when the original movie came out. This world has not been explored. It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth generation fighters are really what the United States Navy is calling the last man-made fighter that we’re actually going to produce so it’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today are all fun things that we’re gonna get to dive into in this movie.
You’ve done some acting in the past.
ELLISON: Never again [laughs]. Not in a million years.
Not even in Top Gun 2?
ELLISON: Never ever again, nobody could pay me enough. No, never in a million years.
GOLDBERG: Speaking of acting, here’s the one thing we haven’t talked about from Rogue Nation, all kidding aside, and that is Rebecca Ferguson.
You can read the rest of the interview HERE, where they also talk about Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation.