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'Top Gun 2' nixed, 3D version of original still a go?

  • Director Tony Scott's death persuaded studio execs to shelve the sequel
  • The 3D version of the original film reportedly will still be released
Director Tony Scott's death persuaded studio execs to shelve the sequel.

A planned sequel to "Top Gun" has reportedly been nixed in the wake of director Tony Scott's suicide this summer, but a 3D version of the original film may still be released.

According to The New York Times, the 1986 classic was converted to 3D earlier this year "as a way to whet the world's appetite for a sequel."

However, after Scott leapt to his death from a Los Angeles bridge on August 19 this year, the studio behind the film, Paramount, decided that just the 3D version would be released, shelving the sequel. According to the report, Paramount did not want to seem "insensitive or exploitative."

According to the Times, Scott had responded enthusiastically to 3D conversion of his classic film in the weeks before his death, and was working on the sequel.

Read more: Tony Scott's most memorable movie scenes

The 3D film will aim to be a tribute to the 68-year-old director, who also helmed other films like "Beverly Hills Cop 2," "Days of Thunder," and "Crimson Tide."

The newly-converted version of the film reportedly could hit theaters as soon as February 2013.



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