We're not sure whether to be thrilled or horrified by this news from Hollywood.
BUT before you read on, we encourage you to put on your headphones and start listening to this.
David Ellison, the 27 year-old son of Oracle CEO (and avation geek) Larry Ellison, wants to produce a sequel to "Top Gun," the 1986 film that starred Tom Cruise in a (arguably homoerotic) Cold War period piece about F-14 Tomcat pilots serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.
Word on the street that Ellison wants to put the whole band squadron back together, with overtures made to Tom Cruise, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and director Tony Scott to participate in the project.
But why the move to make a sequel now, all of a sudden? We’re told that a big part of the reason is the influence of David Ellison, the 27-year-old son of Oracle Corp. founder — and world’s sixth-richest man — Larry Ellison. Despite being only 3 years old when Top Gun first strafed theaters, Ellison clearly became a big fan of the film on VHS, and went on to become both an aerobatic pilot and instrument-rated commercial pilot before attending USC's film school and then launching his own production company, Skydance. His first production was the 2006 World War I drama Flyboys, in which he also starred. It bombed, but Ellison didn’t lose his taste for the movie business: Just this August, Ellison the Younger left his Skydance offices (located at Santa Monica Municipal Airport, where Ellison still keeps several small aircraft), swung by JPMorganChase, and raised $350 million to co-finance much of Paramount’s slate of films — the first of which will be … wait for it … Mission: Impossible 4, starring Tom Cruise.