Tony Scott’s death back in August sent shockwaves through the movie industry and left at least a couple of planned Paramount projects up in the air. Both the potential Top Gun sequel, which was being written by The Town screenwriter Peter Craig, and the 3D re-release of the original Top Gun had been essentially put on hold out of respect for his passing. Last month, The New York Times reported that the sequel had “fallen apart”, but that studio execs were still discussing what to do with the 3D conversion. While the sequel’s status has yet to be confirmed, it appears that they have finally settled on a release strategy for Top Gun 3D: the movie will come to IMAX theatres this February but for one week only.
According to a press release from Paramount, Top Gun will come to select IMAX theatres in 3D starting on February 8th, 2013, for an exclusive six-day engagement. The newly remastered 3D version of the movie will then hit Blu-ray on February 19th. It seems that they are partially looking at the Raiders of the Lost Ark re-release as a model, although clearly they want this to feel more like a tribute to Tony Scott than something exploitative. Studios in general are also being a lot more conservative with their 3D re-releases; Fox recently cancelled the 3D version of Independence Day altogether.
The 3D conversion for Top Gun was carried out by Legend3D and Tony Scott was supposedly quite happy with the results in the weeks prior to his death. The press release claims that “the film’s complex, long shots reveal extraordinary depth and clarity, allowing viewers to explore every detail of the action.” Will you be checking out Top Gun in IMAX 3D? Do you still hope that we see a sequel or would it be wrong to continue the project without Tony Scott?