Second verse, same as the first: the producers of 'Top Gun 2' have found a writer. Again. Peter Craig -- who co-wrote the Ben Affleck heist thriller, "The Town" -- has been hired as "Top Gun 2" screenwriter by Paramount and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Craig replaces the hired-in-October duo of Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz ("X-Men: First Class"), who were apparently too busy working on other projects to actually write anything "Top Gun" related in the last four months; Craig's script will be his own, reports Variety. (Fun fact: he's the son of Sally Field.)

Whether Tom Cruise will be involved in any "Top Gun" sequel remains unclear, but Cruise himself certainly sounds game.

"I said to Tony [Scott, 'Top Gun's' director] I want to make another movie with him. He and I haven't made a film since 'Days of Thunder,'" Cruise told MTV during press rounds for "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol." "Tony and I and Jerry, we never thought that we would do it again. Then they started to come to us with these ideas of where it is now. I thought, 'Wow, that would be ... what we could do now.'"

Despite the fact that you probably aren't that excited to see what Cruise and Co. could "do now" with the characters from "Top Gun," Bruckheimer and Paramount sure are. After all, the original film grossed over $350 million worldwide back in 1986, and Cruise proved he's still an international draw with the massive global earnings of "Ghost Protocol" ($679 million). Of course, "Top Gun 2" has been in some stage of development for a while now, so whether this one ever actually takes off (GROAN, but couldn't help it) is anyone's guess.

[via Variety]
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