Editor Chris Lebenzon earned his first Oscar nomination for the 1986 film.
After 34 years, veteran editor Chris Lebenzon returns to the world of high flying Top Gun.
Lebenzon has been called to work on Top Gun: Maverick, Paramount and the Skydance sequel to the 1980s classic, giving it a moment of closing the circle.
He not only acted as a publisher, along with Billy Weber, on the original of 1986, but he also won his first Oscar nomination for cutting the film, which was directed by Tony Scott and who would have introduced the "MTV style montage" in the movies. .
Joseph Kosinski directs the new film, for which Tom Cruise resumes his role of outstanding pilot, Pete "Maverick" Mitchell. Jerry Bruckheimer returns as a producer.
Cruise appeared at Comic-Con in July to present the trailer, which proved to be one of the most animated moments of pop culture.
The original was nominated for Oscars for film editing, as well as for editing sound and sound effects, and won an Oscar for the original song ("Take My Breath Away" in Berlin).
Lebenzon won a second Oscar nomination for the 1995 thriller Crimson Tide, with Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington, who like Top Gun was directed by Scott and produced by Bruckheimer. For Bruckheimer, his editing credits also include Cruise-star Days of Thunder (also barred by Scott) as well as Armageddon and Scott Enemy of the state.
Lebenzon has been producing Tim Burton's films for 25 years, which include Sweeney Todd, big fish and the recent Dumbo.
Paramount will release Maverick June 26th.