Paramount Pictures & DoD made major trades to develop Top Gun: Maverick movie
As the long-awaited sequel to Top Gun approaches, it’s important to remember that the new film, Top Gun: Maverick, would not be possible without the help of good ol’ Uncle Sam.
The film began shooting in 2018, and will not be released until Summer of 2020. Despite the long wait since the first film in the 1980s, the trailers are promising.
Paramount Pictures was given a huge swath of Department of Defense resources for the film, including access to Naval facilities and personnel in three states, as well as access to a Nimitz-class carrier.
In addition, the film company was also allowed to place cameras on combat aircraft, including helicopters and F/A-18 Super Hornets.
That said, cooperation comes with a cost.
In exchange for access, the DoD assigned a senior officer to “review with public affairs the script’s thematics and weave in key talking points relevant to the aviation community.”
Furthermore, the military made moves to ensure an early rough-cut of the film would have to pass DoD muster, to ensure that “the tone of the military sequences substantially conforms to the agreed script treatment.”
As for the common myth that U.S. military uniforms have to be incorrect in films, that won’t be the case here. Since U.S. active-duty personnel were in the film, the uniform accuracy had to be kept to standard.
According to the Washington Business Journal, all footage in the film was subject to an on-set security review by Naval Aviators.
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