Joseph Kosinski, who directed Cruise in the 2013 sci-fi Oblivion, has since taken over the project with a script from Eric Singer (American Hustle), Justin Marks (The Jungle Book), and Peter Craig (both parts of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay).
The Paramount movie, which hits theaters next summer on July 12, 2019 and is now in production in San Diego, follows fighter pilots who are entangled in a drone-driven airspace which has made their flying obsolete.
The original Top Gun had cemented Tom Cruise's career making him a global star. Although the title Top Gun: Maverick floated around briefly, the film is now without an official title.
Jerry Bruckheimer is also returning to produce Maverick and will be joined by Skydance's David Ellison. Nearly three years later, though, it's now been confirmed that Top Gun: Maverick will indeed have its Iceman. Cruise tweeted on May 31 that production for the long-awaited sequel had started.
Iceman and Maverick (Tom Cruise) had a frosty, adversarial relationship in Top Gun, vying for ace pilot status at the legendary military flight school. It's just a shame that Goose (Anthony Edwards) won't be there, but hopefully, there will be a nod to the character.