The Top Gun producer posted a photo with Maverick himself to Twitter on Tuesday, and teased plans for the highly anticipated sequel.
“Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend @TomCruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2,” Bruckheimer captioned.
Rumors about the sequel have been floating around since the original landed in theaters in 1986, but Skydance CEO David Ellison officially confirmed the project is underway back in June, with Cruise expected to star.
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“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,” Ellison told Collider.
“Justin Marks is writing the screenplay right now,” Ellison added. “He has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy has turned into today.”
As for the plot, Ellison hinted, “It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth generation fighters … It’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today.”