It appears Tom Cruise's character Maverick's need for speed will be fulfilled once again in Top Gun 2.
Murmurings of a sequel to the hit 1986 film, which featured the actor is his breakout role as a handsome, badass fighter pilot, began around 2010. Cruise was attached to the project but the extent of his participation was not made clear. In 2012, he and Top Gun director Tony Scott scouted locations for the sequel. In August of that year, Scott died at age 68.
Co-producer and Skydance CEO David Ellison, who is also a pilot, talked about the movie again at a press event for his latest movie, Terminator Genisys, Collider reported on Friday.
"Justin Marks is writing the screenplay right now," Ellison was quoted as saying. "He has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy has turned into today."
"There is an amazing role for Maverick in the movie and there is no Top Gun without Maverick, and it is going to be Maverick playing Maverick," he continued. "It is I don't think what people are going to expect, and we are very, very hopeful that we get to make the movie very soon. But like all things, it all comes down to the script, and Justin is writing as we speak."