Top Gun 2, the sequel to the ab-tastic '80s military movie that put men's beach volleyball on the map, is officially underway, according to studio executive David Ellison. Ellison also confirmed that Tom Cruise is starring in the Top Gun sequel. His character, Maverick, was a cocky young pilot in the original. He would be in his mid-50s now.
The script is currently being worked on by screenwriter Justin Marks (who also penned the live-action version of The Jungle Book that's coming out next April). There's no official opening date yet on the project, but Ellison did tell reporters that the movie involves the navy's increasing use of unmanned drones, rather than fighter pilots, to complete its missions. How will Maverick, who's spent his whole career inside the action and at the controls, respond to these changing technologies? That's an interesting subject to explore, but let's be honest: the real question on everyone's mind is, Will there be scenes involving Jerry Lee Lewis sing-alongs and/or slow-mo volleyball games? On these important matters, Ellison remained mum.
We also don't know if anyone else besides Tom Cruise is returning from the original cast, but if there was ever a time for Meg Ryan to make her comeback, now would be it. Until more details about Top Gun 2 emerge, we'll just have to content ourselves with listening to "Highway to the Danger Zone" and "Take My Breath Away" on repeat.