It seemed insane that anyone might make a sequel to 1986's Top Gun without including Val Kilmer's Iceman, but then again, it seemed insane that anyone might make a sequel to 1986's Top Gun after Tony Scott died, and look where that assumption got us.
Tom Cruise is already on board for the sequel to the 1986 classic that made him a star.
Tom Cruise has found a familiar wingman for Top Gun 2.
"I just got offered #topgun2 - not often you get to say "yes" without reading the script...", he posted, before telling excited fans to chill out. I jumped the topgun...
In Top Gun: Maverick, Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is back in action as an instructor at the Top Gun training base. The sequel will reportedly find the fighter pilots feeling ineffectual as drone strikes are making their skills irrelevant in modern war. The original, starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis and Val Kilmer, grossed over US$353 million (RM1.4 billion) worldwide.More news: LeBron James Will Sit Down With The Warriors This Offseason
The sequel will be directed by Joseph Kosinski, whose previous work includes the Tom Cruise sci-fi movie Oblivion.
When Top Gun first came out, Kilmer had only two major film credits under his belt.
"Listen, it's an iconic character that [Cruise] helped create", the film's producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, told ET past year.
The Paramount movie, which hits theaters next summer on July 12, 2019 and is now in production in San Diego, follows fighter pilots who are entangled in a drone-driven airspace which has made their flying obsolete.