July 3 (UPI) -- Paramount has dated its long-discussed sequel to Top Gun starring a returning Tom Cruise for July 12, 2019.
"Excited to make it official. Joe Kosinski is on board to direct. And Top Gun is coming to theaters July 12, 2019," Bruckheimer wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of Cruise from the original film.
Recently, Cruise said the project would retain the same tone as the first film and would be titled Top Gun: Maverick.
"Stylistically, it is going to be the same. We're going to have the same score," the actor said. "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 and it is going to be in the same vein, the same tone as the first one, but a progression for [my character] Maverick. It's not going to be called Top Gun 2. It's called Top Gun: Maverick. I didn't want a number."