X-Men: First Class Writers Board Top Gun Sequel

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X-Men: First Class co-writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are in negotiations with Paramount and Skydance to write the script for the Top Gun sequel, reports Variety.

While no plot details have been released, director Tony Scott previously said that the film would chart the development of the Air Force fighter pilot into the present day, inspired partially by a young Air Force pilot he met on a flight who runs drone simulations. In contrast to Tom Cruise’s character in the first film, the sequel would explore the evolution of the remote-control pilot, he said.

Bruckheimer also said that “the aviation community has completely changed since we made the movie a long time ago. So we have to find a way in and how to incorporate the Maverick character into it.”

There has not been any official word whether Cruise would return, however. Jerry Bruckheimer and David Ellison are on board to produce.