‘Top Gun’ will hilariously return to theaters in 3-D, will you buy tickets?

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It’s an almost universally accepted opinion that Tom Cruise has lost much of his movie star luster over the past decade. His very recent antics, including but not limited to rocking out on a hotel balcony and revealing himself as deperate to impress the kiddies on the Rock of Ages set, haven’t helped matters either. Cruise’s oblivious posturing makes it even harder to accept the Xenu fog that proliferates the Mission: Impossible 4 – Ghost Protocol film and almost impossible to take him seriously as an action star. However, it wasn’t always that way. Back in the 1980s, Tom Cruise was king of the box office and had captured many of our young hearts with films like 1986′s Top Gun, which marked its 25th anniversary with a special AMC weekend return to theaters in April of this year. Now, one lingering question over this film still exists — will audiences open their wallets once again to relive the glory (and homoerotic vibes) of Cruise’s Maverick and Val Kilmer’s Iceman in “eye popping” 3-D?

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Paramount certainly hopes that the nostalgia factor for this movie is a bankable one, for the conversion process is in full swing and will arrive at a muliplex near you in 2012:

Tom Cruise hit is being converted by Legend3D.

Tony Scott’s 1986 classic Top Gun starring Tom Cruise is being converted to 3D for a theatrical release.

A four-minute “world premiere” preview of the converted film — featuring the “Danger Zone” aerial flight sequence — was screened Monday at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam.

The 2D to 3D conversion is being accomplished at Legend3D, whose CEO Rob Hummel introduced the clip as well as its unique business model during an IBC panel.

“We think there is great potential for catalog titles in 3D, but studios have had trouble justifying the expense,” Hummel said, explaining that Legend 3D is funding and doing the conversion for Paramount.

“As I understand it, they are planning to release it in 3D in early 2012, though I known they want to get Tony Scott’s approval before they go forward,” he said, explaining that Legend 3D effectively has a revenue sharing deal with Paramount.

“I think Top Gun lends itself to 3D due to the aerial flight,” he said of the project. “You can have fun with 3D by bringing things off the screen if they are not attached to the edge of the screen.”

[From Hollywood Reporter]

Believe it or not, I am looking forward to this, unlike this weekend’s 3-D release of The Lion King. Instead, Top Gun might actually be worth the inflated ticket price, and it’s not just the aerial flight sequences that will lend themselves to 3-D. Seriously, what about the beach volleyball scene? I would wholeheartedly pay to watch that in 3-D. Paramount needs to market this conversion properly and target all of the demographics! If those nips aren’t properly tweaked out in 3-D, the ladies and the gays aren’t buying. Now, let’s revisit the original theatrical trailer:

Bloody hell, Val Kilmer used to be so hot. Arrogant hot, but hot nonetheless. Now, he looks like this. That’s so depressing. Also and because I cannot resist, those of you who don’t mind a little bit of R-rated language should revisit this video of Quentin Tarantino on Top Gun, which brings an added dimension of its own to the movie itself.

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Movie stills courtesy of TomCruiseFan.com

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  1. Jane says:

    This is probably the gayest mainstream Hollywood film. It’s hilarious.

  2. Liz says:

    HA!

    That is all…

  3. LAK says:

    cheese on toast. Yes!!!

  4. D says:

    This calls for a Tom and Val then and now side by side photo comparison!

  5. danielle says:

    My bf’s an airplane nut, so I’m betting we’ll go to see this.

  6. Kelly says:

    Oh, so sad. Everyone gets older – the most fresh-faced starlet ends up all sinewy and botoxed, and the hunk ends up all leathery and fat (yes, you too, Val Kilmer). But Tom Cruise just got… strange. All the star power he once had just got sucked out of him. He even had it in Magnolia and Vanilla Sky…. but it’s all gone. It’s kind of sad to look at these pictures.

    I always had a thing for Val Kilmer, so hot. I’ve seen Thunderheart an embarrassing number of times. Oh, but it has Sam Shepard too, so how bad could it be.

  7. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    I’m so glad they’re not doing a remake and yes I would def go see this again in the theatre.

  8. phlyfiremama says:

    Val Kilmer. Sigh.

  9. mia girl says:

    I have always loved that Tarantino explanation of Top Gun.

  10. UKHels says:

    ah top gun – my favourite homoerotic 80′s film

    controversially, I still quite like him as an actor even though he’s a crazy mess in real life

  11. hairball says:

    NO.

    I would not want to show up to a movie premiere I had done years ago and 70 pounds less.

  12. the original bellaluna says:

    NO. Didn’t pay the first time; won’t pay now.

  13. Sillyone says:

    Not no, but hell no.

  14. Original Tiffany says:

    No. Do not want my kids to eat that much cheese in 3-D.

  15. Seal Team 6 says:

    Most homoerotic movie ever made by a major studio.

  16. gamblea says:

    TC’s picture in the flightsuit, is that a ginormous zit on his face?

  17. Ruby Red Lips says:

    Yes yes yes!!! Top Gun was the film from my youth so I can’t wait :D & Tom Cruise was sxy as back then….

  18. meilamon says:

    My husband looks exactly like Tom Cruise in his “Top Gun” days. He has to hear it all the time, lol.

  19. wunderkindt says:

    Almost forgot that Val Kilmer used to be hot.

  20. Jezi says:

    Love top gun, especially the love scene…oy!! The shadow so you only see the tongue action. Shit, I need a cold shower right about now. Why does every movie now have to be 3-D? I mean, most movies that are shot in 3-D, don’t need to be. Annoying. Val, poor Val, he was soooo hot. Those updated pics are very depressing.

  21. smh says:

    wow, this was the very first movie i saw in the theatre so i might! i was 6 years old and i had closed my eyes during the love scene LMAO

  22. Nymeria says:

    Val, you just keep playing with your… pen.

    Forking out money to see a Tom Cruise movie? HELL. NO. I don’t watch his movies anymore.

    @ meilamon – Do guys see your husband, think “Tom Cruise… Top Gun… Hollywood’s most homoerotic film…” and hit on him? ;)

  23. Delta Juliet says:

    Oh my…..I mean, Tom Cruise does NOTHING for me now, but how beautiful was he then? Man. 25 years ago, he was the sh-t!

    As for Val…..poor guy.

  24. dahlia1947 says:

    Yes, I think so! My man loves this movie! I’ll tag along cause Tom was very very hot in this flick. Oh and those love scenes… wow!

  25. as says:

    Agree Val Kilmer was sexy! Too bad he let himself go. I also think he’s as crazy as Tommy.

    Tommy – what a waste. I blame you, Mimi Rogers for introducing the nut house to him. That’s per the Tommy bio by Andrew Morton – a really good read btw about the sad decline of a once hot star. Now he’s just desperate…and crazy.

    No I will not be seeing this again.

  26. Sue says:

    I loved that movie! So yes!

  27. palermo says:

    He’s clearly insane, I wouldn’t pay two cents to see him in anything.

  28. Dingles says:

    I will be there, and I will love it. I still maintain that Top Gun has the best opening sequence of any movie. Once the engines of that jet flare on and “Highway to the Danger Zone” starts playing…game over.

  29. Belle Epoch says:

    Mistake! People are going to compare young Cruise to that awful rock star poster where you can see the chicken cutlet in the side of his face etc. The movie is going to swing over to just campy, which I don’t think is what the studio wants!

  30. JULIE says:

    I’d rather see a re-release than a remake!

  31. Hautie says:

    I love a movie packed full of pretty men.

    And my favorite was Slider. Iceman’s buddy. Geez he was beautiful in that volleyball game.

    I just may break down and go see this in 3D. Just so I can recall a time when a action movie was made without CGI.

    And no one had no clue how crazy Cruise would turn out to be.

  32. Firecracker says:

    Palermo, LMAO!

    “He’s clearly insane, I wouldn’t pay two cents to see him in anything”

  33. UKHels says:

    yeah I was into Slider too grrrrr rowr!!!

  34. Camille says:

    I had such a mammoth crush on Val Kilmer as a teen. Now, not so much. Boy did he not age well. He’s still a good actor though.

    As for this movie- no I wouldn’t pay to see it, in 3-D or otherwise.

  35. Thom says:

    If Quentin Tarantino was writing the script and directing, with TC starring – Hell yes!!!!

  36. NYC_girl says:

    Take my breath away! : )

  37. Dot says:

    Oh, absolutely yes. This movie is my Showgirls.

  38. Ella says:

    @Hautie – Slider in 3D would be worth it! And possibly the only movie where the female “expert” actually looked relatively believable – whatever happened to Kelly McGillis?

  39. Ella says:

    Just watched the trailer and laughing! So many fantastic cheesy lines. Also possibly the last movie trailer that Meg Ryan didn’t feature in??

  40. Kelly says:

    I read an article about Kelly McGillis not too long ago – she has been through a lot – she experienced a horrible rape in her mid-20s and drank pretty heavily throughout her acting career. Was married to a man for a while but was finally able to acknowledge she was a lesbian. Now she is totally out of show business, has a partner, and is sober.

  41. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    Ah if only the young starlets today could be even half as classy as Kelly McGills, I really respect her for getting out, having a normal life and not being a famewhore.

    Another great Val Kilmer movie is Thunderheart, my sister and I saw it three times in the theatre in those days.

  42. smh says:

    I respect Kelly McGillis as well, but when you think about it, is it not kind of weird that these two sex icons back in the day, everybody was raving about them, were both actually closet gays? I mean when I was a kid I thought Tom Cruise was the most handsome guy in the world it certainly would have been a shock to find out back then… Now everybody knows he’s gay except he’s still in denial… Makes you wonder how these kid fans of Zac Effron and that Taylor kid will be feeling in the future.

  43. CC says:

    Not a fan but at least it’s not a remake, amen to that, Top Gun is a classic, even if I don’t like it.

  44. whitedaisy says:

    Pass.

  45. MeMyself says:

    This is on tv ALL THE TIME so why pay to see it?