“Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend @TomCruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2,” the producer’s tweet read.
— JERRY BRUCKHEIMER (@BRUCKHEIMERJB) January 26, 2016
Bruckheimer produced “Top Gun,” the Oscar-winning 1986 action drama that starred Cruise as young Navy pilot Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.
Development of “Top Gun 2” was confirmed last year by Skydance CEO David Ellison, who also shared some details about the plot.
“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,” said Ellison at a “Terminator Genisys” press junket last June. The exec also hinted that Cruise would be returning to reprise his role as 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,” Ellison said.
Val Kilmer, who played Lt. Tom “Iceman” Kazanski in the original, announced on Facebook in November that he was offered a role in the sequel as well, adding, “not often you get to say ‘yes’ without reading the script.”