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Paramount Pictures will release "Top Gun: Maverick," sequel to the 1986 classic, on July 12, 2019. Deadline confirmed the news, adding that "Tron: Legacy" director Joseph Kosinski will direct the movie, re-teaming with his "Oblivion" star Tom Cruise.

The site added that Cruise's Maverick is now "a flight instructor teaching the young macho pilots how to do it."

Last we heard, Cruise was telling reporters the sequel would likely begin filming in the next year. We'll have to stay tuned for more specifics, but we can work backward from the planned release date and figure, yeah, they'd want to be starting production within the next year to make a summer 2019 tentpole date.

Back in 2015, Skydance CEO David Ellison talked to Collider about Justin Marks writing a screenplay for the "Top Gun" sequel with "an amazing role for Maverick." (Deadline updated that the script will be by Peter Craig and Justin Marks, along with Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz.) Cruise reportedly still wants to do his own stunts, like he still does with the "Mission: Impossible" movies, despite turning 55 on July 3.

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