Peter Craig will start the project from scratch

Paramount has tapped Peter Craig (“The Town”) to write “Top Gun 2,” which will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films and David Ellison’s Skydance Prods.

“X-Men: First Class” scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz were hired to write the aerial-combat sequel back in October, but the duo never put pen to paper; Craig will be starting from scratch.

Plot details are under wraps, though Tony Scott and Tom Cruise are expected to be involved in the sequel.

Since writing WB’s “The Town,” which grossed $154 million worldwide, Craig has adapted the French Canadian hit “Fathers and Guns” for Columbia Pictures. Scribe also rewrote Ted Tally’s adaptation of Doug Stanton’s novel “Horse Soldiers,” which Bruckheimer is producing.

Craig is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Hansen Jacobson Teller and Hoberman.

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