Top Gun
Tom Cruise as Maverick in 1986's Top GunParamount Pictures

Film producer Jerry Bruckheimer has reiterated that a sequel to seminal 80s blockbuster Top Gun is indeed on the way, and has alluded to the plot.

The long-in-gestation project has had problems finding a good story, but according to Bruckheimer the story was cracked by the first film's director Tony Scott prior to his death in 2012.

"We've been trying to get that movie made for 30 years, and I think we're getting closer and closer," Bruckheimer told Huffington Post. "Don [Simpson] and I tried to develop something, we didn't succeed. [Tom] Cruise took over, and he tried to develop something, and he didn't succeed. Now we're back at it."

He then went on to explain the plot conjured up by Scott. "The concept is, basically, are the pilots obsolete because of drones. Cruise is going to show them that they're not obsolete. They're here to stay," Bruckheimer said.

"It's just getting to the starting place. Fortunately for Tom, he's very busy, so you have to find a slot he can fit into and get a budget that Paramount feels they can make the picture."

Of late Tom Cruise has been churning out a constant stream of action movies – the latest of which being Edge of Tomorrow – and a sequel to his most iconic role makes sense from a studio perspective.