It’s time to head into the danger zone once again with Top Gun: Maverick.
While speaking with Access Hollywood, star Tom Cruise confirmed the title for the long-discussed sequel to 1986 hit. “It’s not going to be called Top Gun 2,” he said. “It’s called Top Gun: Maverick. I didn’t want a number, you know what I mean? You don’t want a number; you don’t need a number.”
The action star said the sequel will maintain the same tone as the original film, and even bring back composer Harold Faltermeyer to write the score.
“Aviators are back, the need for speed. We’re going to have big, fast machines,” Cruise said. “It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one … but a progression for Maverick.”
Although no dates have been announced, Cruise previously said shooting will begin “probably in the next year.” Cruise is now busy promoting his latest film, Universal Pictures’ The Mummy, which arrives in theaters June 9.
Directed by the late Tony Scott, Top Gun starred Cruise as cocky Naval aviator Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, who’s given a chance to train at the Navy’s elite Fighter Weapons School, where he clashes with classmates and instructors, and falls for Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood (Kelly McGillis). Although the film received mix reviews, it was a commercial hit, and helped to cement Cruise’s status as a movie star.