Given how busy an actor’s schedule can get, it’s not that rare to have multiple projects premiering over a short period of time. It’s rarer for directors. Joseph Kosinski not only has Top Gun: Maverick opening worldwide on Memorial Day weekend; his Netflix thriller Spiderhead premieres June 17.
“I’d prefer some space but the circumstances have demanded otherwise,” Kosinski tells Deadline. “The good thing is that they are very different films playing in different mediums (theatrical vs streaming). I’m going to try and embrace the madness of opening two movies back to back,.”
After being handpicked by Tom Cruise to lead the next chapter in the long-awaited sequel to the blockbuster classic that launched the movie star’s career, Kosinski has spent that last five years getting this film in front of audiences. Of course, like with so many films, the COVID-19 pandemic forced those fans to wait a little longer. The silver lining of this delay led to an opening in Kosinski’s schedule which allowed him to get Spiderhead into production, and he tapped his Top Gun: Maverick co-pilot Miles Teller to star alongside Chris Hemsworth and Jurnee Smollett.
Prior to tonight’s Top Gun: Maverick‘s Cannes Film Festival premiere, Kosinski talked with Deadline to chat about the pitch that won him the job, and his plans for his untitled F1 racing pic at Apple starring Brad Pitt:
DEADLINE: During the San Diego premiere of Top Gun: Maverick, Cruise joked that you were bugging him about this film all the way back to the Oblivion shoot. How much did you seriously talk about the idea of a sequel during that film? How did your initial pitch go?
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