Great balls of fire! It seems the rumors of a Top Gun sequel are for real. Tom Cruise is expected to begin shooting Top Gun 2 – now called "Maverick" – in July.Movieweb.com reports that Paramount and Skydance Productions also have set a release date – July 12, 2019.Not much is known about the plot, but most rumors place the storyline back at the U.S. Navy fighters weapons school (nicknamed "Top Gun") where our hero Pete "Maverick" Mitchell by now would be an instructor or some other high level exec. Val Kilmer, who played Iceman in the original 1986 movie, has publicly stated his desire to return for the sequel.Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, Tron: Legacy) has been brought on to direct. With only a year between shooting and release, the pressure will be cranked to high. Time to kick the tires and light the fires because the studios feel the need for speed.