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It’s been a long, long time coming, but Paramount finally confirmed it: Tom Cruise and Top Gun 2 are officially flying into theaters summer next year.

The movie has been chatted about for several years now. At one stage, the film’s original director, Tony Scott, was slated to make the sequel. But his tragic passing in 2012 led to development being put on hiatus while a new plan was worked out.

Finally, producer Jerry Bruckheimer confirmed late Friday on his Twitter that the long due second installment is back on track and it now even has a director to lead the sequel. Joe Kosinski will be at the helm this time, reuniting with Cruise roughly five years after they worked together in the 2013 sci-fi flick Oblivion. 

Cruise previously revealed that the upcoming movie will be called Top Gun: Maverick.

“It’s not going to be called ‘Top Gun 2,” he said in an interview with Access Hollywood. “I didn’t want a number. You don’t need a number.”

‘Stylistically’ the same

Story-wise, Cruise teased that the sequel will feel similar to fans of the 1986 classic, which also starred Anthony Edwards, Meg Ryan, Kelly McGillis, and Val Kilmer. “We’re going to have the same tone that we had from the first,” he explained. “Stylistically, it’s going to be the same.”

But this time, it’ll be Maverick in the modern world of drone technology. Skydance CEO David Ellison told Collider of the film in 2015 that Top Gun 2 is “really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today are all fun things that we’re gonna get to dive into in this movie.”

The script for the second installment has been through the hands of Peter Craig, Justin Marks, Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz and the current aim is to have it released on July 12, 2019.

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