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We all assumed that the second Top Gun film would be called Top Gun 2, but that's not the case, Tom Cruise has announced — instead, we can all look forward to Top Gun: Maverick.

Tom Cruise told Access Hollywood that he nixed the idea of calling it Top Gun 2 because “I didn’t want a number. You don’t need a number."

In the original , all of the pilots had slick call signs: Goose (Anthony Edwards), Iceman (Val Kilmer) and Viper (Tom Skerritt). 's character, Lt. Pete Mitchell, had the name "Maverick" because of his reckless flying style.

Now that we know the movie is titled , the call sign will take on a different meaning. In this sequel, Maverick is going to be front-and-center as we watch his character develop now that he is older, as Cruise stated during the Access Hollywood interview:

“Aviators are back, the need for speed. We’re going to have big, fast machines. It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one … but a progression for Maverick.”

Nothing brings out the drama like a little friendly competition. Especially when pilots are showing off their aviation skills up in they sky.

What's The Story About?

Tom Cruise mentioned the "competition" that will be featured in the in sequel, just as best-of-the best competed in the pilot academy known as the Top Gun program. This sequel's competition may be a little different.

In 2014, in an interview with the Huffington Post, Jerry Bruckheimer talked about then-director Tony Scott's concept for the sequel. Scott wanted to introduce the idea of the military using drones, and explore the ramifications for manned planes. The sequel may be a reflection on the place of pilots in the modern armed forces, though Cruise declined to confirm this.

Who Is Going To Direct?

With Top Gun 2 slated to start filming next year, buzz has swirled about who will tasked with directing the movie. There's already a rumor that Joseph Kosinski has been tapped as the director. is known for directing Tron: Legacy and Oblivion. Tom Cruise played the main character in Oblivion, and he had a great working relationship with Kosinki.

Tron: Legacy likewise came with its own fan base, and Kosinski learned how to appeal to that audience and also keep a new audience entertained.

The Iceman Cometh?

What about the other actors in the movie? Will they reprise their characters as aging pilots?

The only actor who has expressed interest in Val Kilmer. He posted on Instagram, saying he's ready to reprise his famous character, Iceman. He's one actor we want to see take flight again in the sequel. Come on, Tom, get some of the other actors to suit up!

It looks like Val Kilmer is trying to get himself in the movie. He recently took to Twitter again saying, "Still got it...just sayin..":

One thing we do know for sure is that Cruise mentioned that Harold Faltermeyer will return to write the score to the movie.

What do you think of Top Gun: Maverick as the title?

(Source: EW)


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