The actor made the announcement during an interview with Access Hollywood, saying “you don’t need a number” in all sequel titles. “Maverick” was Cruise’s character’s nickname in the film in which he played Naval aviator Lt. Pete Mitchell.
“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,” Cruise teased.
He also said that Harold Faltermeyer will return to score the movie, which will be “stylistically” similar to the original.
This new film will be set in the world of drone technology and fifth generation fighters, and explore the end of an era of dogfighting. Other plot details are vague, but Val Kilmer has said that he was asked to come back to reprise the role of Iceman opposite Cruise’s Maverick.
Skydance CEO David Ellison and Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the original, will produce with Cruise.
Cruise is currently on a press tour for his upcoming movie “The Mummy.”
We were at the premiere for ‘The Mummy’ at Cines Callao in Madrid on May 29th. There were hundreds of fans waiting for Tom and he spent, as always, a lot of time talking with them, signing autographs and taking photos with everyone he was able to. He was very kind and he showed again that he deserves being the biggest movie star of all time. We were some of that lucky fans and here it is a very special gift for all the members of Tomcruiseforever.com.