The sequel to the 1986 blockbuster movie Top Gun is confirmed to be in the works with some hints suggesting that actor Tom Cruise may reprise the role that made him a household name, the pilot Maverick.
Co-producer and Skydance chief executive officer David Ellison revealed that the script for the installment is currently being developed.
“Justin Marks is writing the screenplay right now… 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,” he said in a Collider report.
Ellison also teased that Cruise may come back to play Maverick.
“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 added that aside from making the film available in 3D and IMAX, they may include practical effects in the movie as Cruise likes to “be in those airplanes shooting it practically.”
When it comes to the storyline, the producer mentioned that it may revolve around the changes that Navy fighter pilots have to face when upgrades happen in technology with drones being used more often. He said that with drone technology and fifth generation fighters, the movie will explore what he called the “end of an era of dogfighters and fighter pilots.”
Back in 2014, co-producer Jerry Bruckheimer told HuffPost Live that the idea for the plot came from Tony Scott, the first movie’s original director who tried making a sequel in 2012 with Cruise but died before doing so.
“The concept is, basically, are the pilots obsolete because of drones. Cruise is going to show them that they’re not obsolete. They’re here to stay,” Bruckheimer explained.
Cruise has not released any official statement yet and it is still uncertain if his co-stars Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis and Anthony Edwards will appear in the upcoming movie.