By Mary Grady, Contributing editor
Plans were in the works for a sequel to Top Gun, one of the most popular aviation films ever, when director Tony Scott's suicide in August stalled the project, but a 3-D Imax version of the original movie now is expected to debut in February. The new version of the film already has been completed by Legend3D, according to The New York Times. It had been seen as a way to build excitement for the sequel, but now representatives of Paramount, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Legend3D don't want to talk about the project, said the Times, and they are being careful not to seem "insensitive or exploitative."
Scott, 68, died in August when he jumped off a bridge in Los Angeles; he reportedly left notes behind for friends and relatives, but no motive for his action has been made clear. Actor Tom Cruise had been working with Scott, and a screenwriter had been hired for the sequel, but that project is now on hold indefinitely. The 3-D flying film might become a "box-office triumph," said the Times. A 3-D version of Titanic, released earlier this year, brought in more than $342 million in ticket sales around the world.