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The sequel to the 1980s hit movie "Top Gun" is officially in the works, and David Ellison of production company Skydance recently revealed during an interview that the film is in its pre-production stage.

The sequel will be released nearly three decades after the first movie released in 1986. Although the screenplay is only being written, Ellison revealed a bit about the plot, saying the movie will see Maverick battle drones in the upcoming movie.

"When you look at the world of dogfighting, what's interesting about it is that it's not a world that exists to the same degree when the original movie came out," Ellison told Collider. "This world has not been explored. It is very much a world we live in today; where it's drone technology and fifth generation fighters are really what the United States Navy is calling the last man-made fighter that we're actually going to produce. So really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots, and what that culture is today, are all fun things that we're gonna get to dive into in this movie."

Ellison revealed that Tom Cruise's Maverick has an interesting role to play in the movie, which will hopefully start production soon.

Cruise had earlier opened up about a possible sequel to "Top Gun" in 2011, during a promotional event for "Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol."

At the time, he said he hoped the story would be as compelling as the original, and that they would get the same freedom to make the sequel as they did when they shot "Top Gun."

"I hope we can figure this out to go do it again," Cruise told MTV News. "If we can find a story that we all want to do, we all want to make a film that is in the same kind of tone as the other one and shoot it in the same way as we shot 'Top Gun.'"