Film editor Chris Lebenzon, who earned his first Oscar nomination for 1986’s “Top Gun,” will return for the upcoming sequel “Top Gun: Maverick” at Paramount and Skydance.
Lebenzon and Billy Weber co-edited the Tony Scott-directed original and their collaboration effectively gave birth to what would be known as ‘MTV-style editing’ in films. The original also scored Oscar nominations for sound, sound effects editing, and won one for the song “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin.
Joseph Kosinski is directing the new movie which sees Tom Cruise reprising his role as hotshot pilot Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell. Jerry Bruckheimer returns as producer.
Lebenzon earned a second Oscar nomination for 1995 submarine thriller “Crimson Tide” and has basically been both the late Tony Scott and Tim Burton’s go-to editor for most of their films (from “Top Gun” and “Batman Returns” onwards respectively) along with the likes of “Weird Science,” “Midnight Run,” “Hudson Hawk,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Con Air,” “Gone in 60 Seconds,” “Pearl Harbor,” “XXX” and “Maleficent”.
Paramount Pictures will release “Top Gun: Maverick” on June 26th.