Peter Craig (The Town) signed on to write the script back in March 2012, but that was when original Top Gun director Tony Scott was still attached to the project, before his tragic suicide later that year. We reported in November 2012 that the sequel was in limbo following his death, before Paramount revived the project after producer Jerry Bruckheimer signed a first look deal with the studio.
Tom Cruise is attached to reprise his role from the original classic as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, with Jerry Bruckheimer revealing in April that the story will highlight traditional pilots like Maverick and the new drone planes currently being used by the Air Force.
David Ellison is producing through his Skydance company, with Dana Goldberg set to executive produce. The project doesn't have a director attached at this time.
Aside from Disney's The Jungle Book, which just started production, Justin Marks' other writing credits include Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li and a number of upcoming projects such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo, The Raven, Dead Space and Risk/Reward.