Director Tony Scott, who authorities said died Sunday after jumping off a bridge, had been set to direct a sequel to the movie that made him famous, "Top Gun," as his next project.
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions had hoped to start production on the follow-up to the 1986 naval air combat classic early next year and release it as a high-profile tentpole in 2014. It was one of the highest-priority pictures in development for both companies.
The original "Top Gun," which grossed a then-spectacular $354 million worldwide, immediately turned Scott from a respected British commercial director just beginning his filmmaking career into a Hollywood A-lister (following in the footsteps of his older brother Ridley, who had already directed "Alien" and "Blade Runner").
The next year, he directed Eddie Murphy in "Beverly Hills Cop 2" and then went on to make big-budget thrillers including "Days of Thunder," "Crimson Tide," "Enemy of the State" and "Man on Fire" along with edgier fare such as "True Romance" and "Domino."