During a visit on an Australian morning show, Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible, Edge of Tomorrow) confirmed that a sequel to Top Gun is in the works, saying “It’s true. I’m going to start filming it, probably in the next year.”
Top Gun was directed by Tony Scott in 1986 and starred Cruise as Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a hotshot fighter pilot. Costars included the likes of Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, and Tom Skerritt. Despite a mixed critical reception, it was a huge commercial hit and in 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
A sequel has been in the works for some time. In 2016, when the movie celebrated its 30th anniversary, producer Jerry Bruckheimer discussed the possibility of a sequel on Twitter and Tom Cruise had previously expressed interest in reprising his role.
Cruise’s next movie is The Mummy, a reboot of The Mummy franchise and the first installment in Universal’s planned monster cinematic universe called Dark Universe. Directed by Alex Kurtzman and written by David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman, The Mummy stars Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe and is set for a June 9, 2017 release.
The as-of-yet untitled Top Gun sequel has no set release date.