Deadline reports Paramount Pictures has slated Top Gun: Maverick to hit theaters July 12, 2019. Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski is set to helm the project.
Kosinski will reunite with Tom Cruise on the sequel to the iconic 1986 action film about hotshot Navy pilots directed by the late Tony Scott. The new film will follow Maverick, now an instructor to a new generation of capable pilots.
The long in development sequel is said to have a plot revolving around drone technology as it explores the end of an era for dogfighting and fighter pilots. The script has been written by Peter Craig, Justin Marks, Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz.
Top Gun: Maverick will match the same style and tone as the original film. Skydance CEO David Ellison and Jerry Bruckheimer, producers of the original return to produce the sequel with Cruise. Composer Harold Faltermeyer will also return to score the sequel. The return of Val Kilmer and whether or not the soundtrack will once again feature the music of Kenny Loggins remains a mystery. Kilmer has confirmed that he was indeed asked to come back to reprise his role as Iceman in the sequel, however, it has not yet been announced.
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