PlayStation 3 owners are now able to download new PSN title, Top Gun. Taking place after the events of the 1986 classic movie, Top Gun for PSN will give fans of the movie lots of warm memories and it’s for good reason. Yesterday, we got a chance to talk with Jack Epps Jr., screenwriter of the Top Gun theatrical release, about the PSN release and what he thought about revisiting the Top Gun world and helping on this new release.
Examiner: How does it feel to revisit Top Gun? Are you happy you get to revisit and continue to tell the story of Iceman and Maverick?
Jack Epps Jr.: “It feels great to go back and spend time with characters that meant a lot to me. Good characters never leave you.
Absolutely – what’s fun about the game is you get to spend more time in the Indian ocean during the “incident” and really expand on that. I also got to resolve some unanswered questions.”
The game is essentially a continuation to the movie and builds upon the relationship of the characters to an even higher level. Would you say the game allows you to finish your original vision you had for the movie and lets you flesh out the relationship of the characters a bit more?
“The vision was complete in the movie, but we get to see scenes that were not seen in the movie. So the game lets you spend more time with Maverick and Ice and also allows you to get a sense of them in a combat situation.”
Was any of the script you did for the game done beforehand — perhaps something that didn’t make it into the final cut of movie? Or is everything new and original content that you created specifically for this project?
“I included a lot of little things I loved from the movie, but I also got to add a lot of new materials. I’ve also expanded upon the relationships.”
Top Gun released in theaters in 1986, so the film is quite old when it comes to industry standards. Would you say the game will appeal to those that have watched the movie and have preexisting relationships with the characters or do you feel the game conveys the characters in a strong enough way that newcomers to the Top Gun universe will feel connected to them, too?
“For those people who know the movie, they will be very comfortable in the game, and the story will resonate with them. They will enjoy some of the new aspects of the story. But for those people who are not familiar with the movie, they will have a lot of fun with the arcade style game and will enjoy the characters and their stories.”