It’s been nearly 30 years in the making, but it looks like Top Gun is getting its “much-desired” sequel.
Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer behind the 1986 fighter pilot hit, tweeted out a picture of himself with the film’s star, Tom Cruise. The tweet’s content alluded to legitimate progress being made in terms of sequel development.
The follow-up to the action drama, which also starred Val Kilmer, has long been talked about. Last year Kilmer got a little trigger happy with the movie’s prospects, which he later amended while posting condolences over the passing of Top Gun director Tony Scott.
“We will all miss Tony Scott,” Kilmer said on his Facebook page. “One of the kindest gentlemen I’ve ever met in the film biz, but let’s fire up some fighter jets again!!! This is a long way off so calm down. This has been talked about for a long long time and being offered a role is very different from doing a role. I jumped the gun with my post. I jumped the topgun.”
Back in 2014, Bruckheimer told HuffPost Live, about the slow process of getting the sequel into development.
“We’ve been trying to get that movie made for 30 years, and I think we’re getting closer and closer,” Bruckheimer said. “Don [Simpson] and I tried to develop something, we didn’t succeed. [Tom] Cruise took over, and he tried to develop something, and he didn’t succeed. Now we’re back at it.”
According to Bruckheimer, Top Gun 2 will focus on a world were drones take over and pilots become obsolete. “Cruise is going to show them that they’re not obsolete. They’re here to stay,” Bruckheimer said.