Tom Cruise has confirmed that "Top Gun 2" is "definitely happening", after years of rumours about a potential sequel to the 1986 blockbuster, with "Oblivion" director Joseph Kosinski reportedly also in talks to helm.
Cruise confirmed that the movie would be going ahead during a TV interview with the Australian morning show "Sunrise" to promote his latest film, "The Mummy" (out June 9).
The US actor was asked about the rumors of a sequel by the two hosts and replied frankly: "It's true," he said. "I'm going to start filming it probably in the next year. It's definitely happening."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kosinski is circling the director's chair for the Paramount sequel, with Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the Tony Scott-directed original, to return to produce, along with Skydance's David Ellison and Cruise.
The follow-up is expected to be set in modern day, with the original fighter pilots grappling with new drone technologies that are making their old style of flying obsolete.
Cruise starred as LT Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in the original "Top Gun", alongside Kelly McGillis as Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwood, Val Kilmer as LT Tom "Iceman" Kazanski.