“Tron: Legacy” director Joseph Kosinski has emerged as the front-runner to direct the “Top Gun” sequel for Paramount and Skydance Pictures reports Variety.
No official offer has been made, but insiders believe one is imminent. Cruise met with several potential helmers prior to and while filming “Mission Impossible: 6” in London to ensure the sequel is ready to go after production wrapped.
Kosinski and star Tom Cruise previously teamed on the sci-fi tale “Oblivion” but that didn’t guarantee him the placement, rather it was his vision of where the sequel will go that got Cruise excited.
The new film is set in a world of drone technology and fifth generation fighters and explores the end of an era of dogfighting.
The hiring news follows on from Cruise recently confirming to an Australian talk show that the sequel was moving forward and would hopefully shoot at the start of next year. At last report Justin Marks (“The Jungle Book”) is penning the film while David Ellison and Jerry Bruckheimer will produce.