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'Top Gun' sequel in the works and Tom Cruise to return, report says

10/15/2010 by Corinne Heller

Tom Cruise in a scene from 'Top Gun'. (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures) A Top Gun sequel is reportedly in the works and Tom Cruise is said to have agreed to reprise his role as fighter pilot Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, although his part in the new film is set to be smaller.

The 1986 movie helped turn Cruise into an international sex symbol and depicted male students of an elite flying school for fighter pilots. In the film, his character engages in a romance with a civilian instructor, played by Kelly McGillis.

Paramount Pictures is negotiating with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott about the project and is interested in hiring Christopher McQuarrie, who penned the script for the film The Usual Suspects, as the screenwriter, Vulture said, adding that Cruise has reportedly agreed to play a smaller part. The parties have not commented.

Top Gun, which also starred Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards, has been parodied in modern pop culture and helped inspire a "bro" culture among groups of male friends, with the use of the word "wingman". The film has grossed more than $353 million worldwide.

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