Scientologist Tom Cruise is finally sharing some details about the sequel to the 1986 classic box office hit Top Gun, ensuring that the tone of the second film will match the tone of the second, and also the title, for the first time. Tony Scott was set to direct Top Gun 2 himself, but he committed suicide off of a bridge before filming could start, for a reason no one has yet to fathom. Regardless, as Cruise was promoting his upcoming Mummy reboot and filming for Mission Impossible 6, he spoke at length to Access Hollywood:

“We’re gonna have the same tone that we had with the first one. Stylistically it’s gonna be the same. We’re gonna have the same score from Harold Faltermeyer. Aviators are back. The need for speed, we’re gonna have big machines. It’s gonna be a competition film like the first one, and it’s gonna be in the same vein, the same tone as the first one but a progression for Maverick.”

Interesting. Joseph Kosinski, who directed both the gloriously produced Tron: Legacy and the clone-soddened Oblivion, is in talks to helm. His direction for the second Top Gun should provide a compelling narrative into the adventurous world of Maverick and Goose, once again, even though Top Gun does tend to ride a bit high in all the bright parts.

Cruise also spoke on the title, perhaps a bit over-joyously:

“It’s not gonna be called Top Gun 2 it’s gonna be Top Gun: Maverick. I didn’t want a number. You don’t need a number.”

No release date is yet set for Top Gun: Maverick.