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HOLLYWOOD Apr. 1, 2006 (Reuters) With financial pressures mounting, Paramount Pictures is taking drastic measures to boost ticket sales at the box office.
Paramount Pictures shocked Hollywood earlier today by announcing that they will be re-releasing their 1986 hit, Top Gun. Appearing in theaters again on its 20th anniversary, the theatrical re-release of Top Gun will include new, and never before seen footage that will drastically alter the fictional story of America’s top flight squadron.
"I think retelling this classic story is one of the better business decisions we've made in last ten years. By focusing on a different aspects of the story, this movie is going to appeal to a broader movie going audience than it did when it was originally released. The film will finally be seen by audiences as it was originally conceived." Tom Bernard, VP of Global Marketing at Paramount Pictures International commented in a press conference earlier this morning. "I think you'll see a lot more studios revisiting their top sellers and marketing them to a younger generation. But to characterize this as a financial decision instead of an artistic one is wrong.”
Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise added, “Movie goers [in 1986] just weren’t ready for the original version. I think that audiences have become more sophisticated and they will welcome and appreciate the inclusion of additional story elements. I was very excited when Tony Scott and Jim Cash approached me with this project.”
“Jim, who scripted the movie with his life companion Jack Jr., told me he was never happy with how the film came out,” Cruise added. “This is, you see. This is how the movie was supposed to be. This is how we were told it was going to be. Everyone who worked on Top Gun thought it was unfortunate Paramount altered the story after filming had wrapped. I’m glad – I’m really psyched that they’ve come around.”
Many of the original cast were attending the announcement party today and all of them agreed: this is the real Top Gun.
Paramount secretly brought back the many of the original cast members, including Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards, to add new content to the movie.
“I was happy to contribute.” Kilmer noted. “I was excited to work with Tom and Tony again. It completely blew me away when I was asked to come back. I never expected it would happen. I always hoped it would, but I never really thought we would get the chance. I think you’ll love what was intended to be the original story.”
However, the changes that were made to the 1986 film are still under wraps.