Top Gun 2, the sequel to Tom Cruise's classic 1980's movie about the macho students of an elite US Flying school, will begin shooting in the near future. Details of the project, once again starring Cruise, have remained sketchy, but Paramount president Adam Goodman insists it's closer than fans may have first though.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Goodman revealed that Tom Cruise is likely to shoot Top Gun 2 before the already-confirmed Mission Impossible 5, saying, "We'll likely make a 'Top Gun' sequel with Tom Cruise first. Jerry Bruckheimer would produce, with Tony Scott returning to direct.All parties are moving ahead. We've hired Peter Craig to write the script". That would be the same Peter Craig who won acclaim for penning the crime thriller 'The Town' in 2010. The writer was actually hired back in March to replace the outgoing duo of Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class) who were too busy working on other projects. In December of last year, Cruise had remained hopeful of a sequel but was by no means ready to confirm, telling MTV News, "I hope we can figure this out to go do it again.If we can find a story that we all want to do, we all want to make a film that is in the same kind of tone as the other one and shoot it in the same way as we shot 'Top Gun".

It's not clear how Jerry Bruckheimer is planning to fit the project into his current schedule, given he's currently shooting The Lone Ranger and has plans to produce Pirates of the Caribbean 5, National Treasure 3 and Bad Boys 3.