EXCLUSIVE: ‘ISLAND PLAZA’ Serving as the ‘TOP GUN: MAVERICK’ Working Title


Last July, the California Film Commission awarded tax credits to a handful of films to shoot in and around Los Angeles. Among those films were Captain Marvel, Roland Emmerich’s Midway and an unknown project titled Island Plaza. As it turns out, Island Plaza is the working title for a very well-known project that just kicked off production last week: Top Gun 2, aka Top Gun: Maverick!

The film was originally aiming for a January 2018 start, but that plan was sidetracked when Tom Cruise suffered a significant injury during a stunt on the set of Mission: Impossible-Fallout which kept that film from wrapping until 2018. It’s possible that the production delay on the film may have caused Paramount to invoke the “force majeure” clause of the agreement with the California Film Commission. Under that clause, the studio would have to prove that unforeseeable circumstances (such as Cruise’s broken ankle) prevented them from meeting the original 180 day time frame to being filming and then, reapply for the tax credit once a new date was set. Island Plaza was originally set to receive a $21, 492,000 credit for filming 75% or more of the film within the state; the film is expected to film in Los Angeles, San Diego and throughout Northern California.

Top Gun: Maverick is slated for a July 12, 2019 release.

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