‘Top Gun 3’ Takes Flight at Paramount

Tom Cruise and Miles Teller attend the Global Premiere of "Top Gun: Maverick" on May 4, 2022, in San Diego, California.
The question for Warners: Outside of his active franchises, is Tom Cruise still Tom Cruise? Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures
Matthew Belloni
January 11, 2024

Warner Bros.’ Mike De Luca and Pam Abdy got a nice press release out of giving Tom Cruise an office on the lot. But beyond making their boss David Zaslav (and CAA) smile, what did Warners actually achieve in the deal?

The “strategic partnership” with Cruise is not exclusive, nor is it a first-look deal. He’s tied up on Paramount’s Mission: Impossible 8 for the rest of this year. And it hasn’t been reported yet, but Top Gun: Maverick co-writer Ehren Kruger is now officially at work on a follow-up to the 2022 megahit that will reunite Cruise with co-stars Miles Teller and Glen Powell, as well as producers Jerry Bruckheimer and David Ellison, and Joe Kosinski will either direct or produce.