Tom Cruise will likely reprise his iconic role of Maverick

A sequel to Top Gun is officially in the works.

Rumours of follow-up to the 1986 fighter pilot smash have been rife for some time, with Tom Cruise himself stating that he would be willing to reprise his role as Maverick if the script was good enough. But now the plans have apparently been confirmed.

Paramount executive Adam Goodman told the Hollywood Reporter that the project would take precedence over a fifth instalment of the Mission: Impossible series, which also stars Cruise.

He said: “We’ll likely make a Top Gun sequel with Tom Cruise first. Jerry Bruckheimer would produce, with Tony Scott returning to direct… All parties are moving ahead.”

Peter Craig, writer of The Town, has been approached to pen the screenplay. Top Gun co-starred Val Kilmer and Kelly McGillis. It has not been confirmed whether either have been approached to return, or whether Berlin might reform to write a theme song to follow the iconic ‘Take My Breath Away’.