Writer Doing ‘Top Gun 2′ Research Learned How Fighter Pilots’ Nicknames Are Even Better In Real-Life

Writer Doing 'Top Gun 2' Research Learned How Fighter Pilots' Nicknames Are Even Better In Real-Life

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  • Years before ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ came to exist, screenwriters did exhaustive research ahead of writing a screenplay for a potential ‘Top Gun’ sequel
  • Zack Stentz was one of those writers and he shared some stories he learned about how fighter pilots get their nicknames and how competitive they are
  • Read more Top Gun stories here

It is hard for many people to believe, but it’s been 36 years since Top Gun hit theaters! After all that time we are finally on the cusp of Top Gun: Maverick being released. The sequel itself has been heavily delayed. It was initially set to hit theaters in December 2020 but has been pushed back to May 27th which is just around the corner.

Long before Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, and others signed on to film Top Gun: Maverick a team of Hollywood writers set out doing research for a screenplay of a potential sequel. And though he’s not listed as a writer on Top Gun: Maverick, Zack Stentz was one of those writers who spent time with fighter pilots (on bases and carriers) a decade ago.

If that name doesn’t ring a bell, Zack Stentz wrote the screenplays for Thor, Agent Cody Banks, X-Men: First Class, amongst others. He shared some tweets on Thursday night about doing research for a potential Top Gun 2 screenplay and his stories about how fighter pilots get their nicknames was definitely worth sharing with you all.

Writer Doing ‘Top Gun 2′ Research Learns About Fighter Pilots’ Nicknames

A sports movie?!?! I guess, it kind of was…

I’m sitting here trying to imagine fighter pilots being so competitive with each other they’d literally kill themselves trying to win a trophy but I can’t really wrap my mind around that. I guess it’s a great thing there’s no actual Top Gun trophy in existence.

Don’t Skip The ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Trailer

If you haven’t seen the Top Gun: Maverick trailer yet then hit the ‘play’ button below. The premise of this sequel is it takes place 30+ years after the original film and Tom Cruise’s character Maverick is “pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.”

Top Gun: Maverick comes out on May 27th. It’s having a world premiere at this Summer’s Cannes Film Festival and then it will stream on Paramount+ after it hits theaters. I haven’t seen a concrete date on when it will start streaming but we’ll likely learn more about that in the next few months.