National Geographic is cashing in on the residual hype of a certain Tom Cruise sequel with Top Gun: The Next Generation (working title).
As per Deadline, this forthcoming docuseries follows a group of Navy officers who undertake the Advanced Flight Training Program as they pursue their lifelong dreams of becoming elite strike fighter pilots.
These pilots are set to embark upon several flight tests, including precision landings on a naval aircraft carrier out at sea; as the cameras follow them in the air, classroom, off-base, and back home. Successful candidates will have the privilege of hopping into an F-35C Lightning II.
“With so many millions of fans of the film around the world, I was immediately drawn to this series,” said Tom McDonald, National Geographic Executive Vice President (Global Factual & Unscripted Content).
“These elite jet pilots are not only extremely accomplished and impressive, but all have very different stories to tell.”
“With Nat Geo’s exclusive unprecedented inside access, this series promises to be an exhilarating, visually jaw-dropping, and fascinating journey into the intensely competitive world of elite flying.”
Top Gun: The Next Generation is being produced by British outfit Rex (a branch of Zinc Media). The docuseries has been created by Karen Edwards, who is also serving as showrunner, and executive produced by Tanya Shaw. Lana Salah has signed on as series director.
Stay tuned for updates.