"I think it wouldn't be that difficult to maintain the spirit of it," Kilmer said after acknowledging that both director Tony Scott and Bruckheimer's producing partner, Don Simpson, have died since "Top Gun" was released in 1986.
"Tony was the most generous, positive director I've ever worked for in film," Kilmer recalled. "He's not known as an actor's director because he's such a vivid stylist with the camera … but he really loved acting and getting the shot."
"Top Gun 2" isn't the only sequel Kilmer is on board for, either. He has his own idea for a sequel to Michael Mann's 1995 crime drama, "Heat," in which he starred as a trigger-happy bank robber opposite Al Pacino, who played the detective hot on the criminal's heels.
"Here's my pitch," Kilmer said. "You remember Natalie Portman in it? She's Pacino's adopted daughter, so she comes home and says, 'Daddy, daddy, I want you to meet my fiancé.' And it's me. He's retired and I come to Chicago where he's retired back to and I'm going to torture him, and then I'm going to kill him."
Two excerpts from Kilmer's interview with King are below: