“Top Gun 2” has a title and it is “Top Gun: Maverick.”
Tom Cruise revealed the title in an interview with Access Hollywood that was released on Friday. You can watch the video below.
Recently, in another interview, Cruise said that the long rumored sequel was officially in the works, although Paramount executives had declined to confirm the news.
The sequel to the popular 1986 film “Top Gun” was announced several years ago, but stalled after the death of director Tony Scott in 2012. Joseph Kosinski, who previously directed Cruise in “Oblivion” is considered the front runner to direct this sequel. But, no director has been formally announced.
Likewise, co-stars have not been announced. Although, Val Kilmer recently tweeted that he is ready to jump back into the cockpit.
In the Access Hollywood video, which you can watch below, Cruise said, “Aviators are back, the need for speed. We’re going to have big, fast machines. It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one … but a progression for Maverick.”
While the plot has not yet been revealed, the title suggests that this will, indeed, be a sequel and not a handing off to the next generation of pilots.
The original film, released in May 1986, earned nearly $400 million worldwide (before adjustment for inflation). It was in theaters for 30 weeks, remaining in the top 10 for 24 weeks. It is often credited with launching Tom Cruise into superstar status, while also providing big boosts for such stars as Val Kilmer, Tim Robbins, Anthony Edwards, and Kelly McGillis. Meg Ryan also appeared briefly in the film, in one of her first major roles.
View the Access Hollywood video here for more teases from Tom Cruise: