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Paramount’s ‘Top Gun 2’ Draws ‘Jungle Book’ Writer

Justin Marks is in talks to script “Top Gun 2,” Paramount’s long-in-development sequel to the 1986 Tom Cruise movie.

Jerry Bruckheimer, who moved his first-look deal to Paramount earlier this year, is producing with David Ellison’s Skydance. Skydance’s Dana Goldberg is exec producing.

Should the sequel take flight, Cruise would reprise his iconic role as Maverick.

Marks, who wrote Disney’s upcoming version of “The Jungle Book” that Jon Favreau is directing, would be the first writer to work on the script since Peter Craig (“The Town”) wrote a draft in 2012. He hinted about the new assignment in a Tweet on Sunday.

Marks is also writing an adapation of “Federal Bureau of Physics” for Warner Bros. He is repped by CAA, Madhouse Entertainment and Lichter Grossman.

News was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

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