‘Top Gun’ producer says he and Tom Cruise are discussing sequel

Cruise spoke with cautious optimism about the sequel last summer

Top Gun producer Jerry Bruckheimer has revealed that he and Tom Cruise have been discussing the long-mooted sequel again.

“Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend @TomCruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2,” Bruckheimer posted on Twitter yesterday (January 26) with a photo of the pair.

Cruise and Tony Scott, director of the 1986 action classic, met in August 2012 to scout locations for a sequel in Nevada, but after the director committed suicide later that month, plans for Top Gun 2 were apparently put on hold.

However, last June the CEO of the production company behind the long-mooted sequel, Skydance’s David Ellison, revealed that a script for Top Gun 2 was being written with Cruise’s character, Maverick, in mind.

Ellison said at the time: “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.” While promoting Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in July, Cruise spoke with cautious optimism about the sequel, saying: “If we can figure it out, it would be fun to do.”

Cruise’s co-star Val Kilmer later appeared to suggest he had accepted a role in the sequel, but then admitted he had “jumped the gun”.