'Top Gun' being converted to 3-D, possible release date in 2012

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By today’s franchise-baiting standards, the plot of Top Gun looks adorably simple in hindsight. Pilots with high self-esteem battle enemy MiGs, but they’re secretly fighting themselves, and also Kelly McGillis: In 1986, that was enough to make Top Gun the highest-grossing movie of the year. But as EW’s Christ Nashawaty pointed out in his recent review of the film’s 25th-anniversary DVD, Top Gun holds a troublesome place in movie history: Its adorably cheeseball squareness wound up setting the stage for the entire era of the modern Hollywood blockbuster, to the point that this summer’s Green Lantern basically felt like Top Gun with more digital effects and worse dialogue. Now, you can ponder the deeper societal implications of Maverick’s internal struggle with an entirely new dimension: According to a report in the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount is converting Top Gun into 3-D for a potential 2012 re-release.

The film is being converted by Legend3D, who screened a 3-D version of the “Danger Zone” sequence in Amsterdam over the weekend. Legend3D’s CEO told the Reporter that Paramount is “planning to release it in 3-D in early 2012.” (EW contacted Paramount’s reps but could not confirm any immediate plans for a 3-D release date. It’s what, if anything, the Top Gun 3D plans mean for the film’s oft-threatened sequel.) I guess if you’re trying to convert an older film into the 3-D format, Top Gun makes more sense than The Maltese Falcon. In light of declining ticket sales for 3-D this summer, it seems like a strange time for studios to be converting their libraries. But hey, it can’t be worse than Green Lantern.


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  • Mike

    “Son, your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash!” “I feel the need, the need for speed!” “That’s right…ICE…..MAN…I AM dangerous”

    Cheesy dialogue? Where?? More like…legendary dialogue! lol As for 3D..no thanks, 2D still brings the classic movie lines, beach volleyball scenes and wonderful dogfights to life!

    • The Other Anne

      Mike, if you are not my brother Mike, you could BE my brother Mike. We watched Top Gun every day after school for a year and can quote it word for word. Love me some Top Gun. While I am not a fan of 3D, would still go just for the opportunity to see Top Gun again in the theater.

      • Mike

        LOL, Anne, I am not your brother Mike. But I do share similar memories with my own brother. We’d watch it all the time and also can quote practically the whole movie. But having it on DVD (still shrink-wrapped I believe) and Cable re-airings is plenty for me!

  • ICK

    Horrible miscasting of Kelly McGillis as the love interest.
    She was quite the hound.

  • ERNIE

    I can’t wait to see Meg Ryan’s fake orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally 3D!

  • nodnarb

    No desire to see this in 3D… BUT I did just watch Top Gun on AMC with pop-up-video style factoids at the bottom of the screen, and it was completely fascinating. Did you know that at the real Top Gun today, anyone on staff who quotes the movie gets fined $5?

    • ERNIE

      I figured they’d have to do 100 pushups.

  • pie thrower

    I’m waiting for “Sophie’s Choice,” “Schindler’s List” and “The Pianist” in a glorious fun filled triple feature Holocaust 3-D evening.

    Please Hollywood stop!!!!!

  • GeeMoney

    Dear Hollywood, Tom Cruise is a joke (although Top Gun is a classic). And please stop with the remake/re-release 80’s madness!

    Sincerely, EVERYONE

  • Asha

    Boo. I hate 3D. Will not be seeing this one. I hope it bombs so Hollywood will stop producing 3D. I know it’s a money grab and all but come on, it really lowers the quality of a film.

  • John

    Please Hollywood, STOP THE INSANITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Charlie

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  • Wendy

    Love this movie, hate 3D. I’ll stick with my copy at home!

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