‘Top Gun 2′ Ready For Takeoff With Tom Cruise In The Cockpit?

If you suddenly, inexplicably feel the need for speed, the urge to belt out “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” in a bar… or the strange inkling to play beach volleyball in jeans, there’s a reason: Paramount Pictures officially wants to reunite Tom Cruise, director Tony Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer for “Top Gun 2.”

Vulture has learned that Paramount has already extended offers to Scott and Bruckheimer to start turning and burning on a sequel to the 1986 classic, and the studio has Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (“The Usual Suspects”) in its sights to pen the script. Cruise, meanwhile, is said to have agreed to return as hotshot naval aviator Maverick in a small role, provide it’s not too “obvious” — e.g. Mav playing a version of Tom Skerrit’s battle-hardened instructor from the original.

If that news takes your breath away (yes, we went there), you might want to sit down. Not only does Paramount want a “Top Gun” sequel; they’re thinking franchise. This all sounds great, but just how feasible is it that this puppy will get off the tarmac?

Actually, pretty feasible. At a junket for “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” this summer, Bruckheimer confirmed that he’d been “recently approached again to start talking about [a sequel].” His biggest hangup: “The aviation community has completely changed since we made the movie a long time ago.” The change Jer-Jer was referring to is that pilots these days aren’t so much trained in the graceful art of dog-fighting as they are in the explosive practice of bomb-dropping.

But a source close to the project tells Vulture that McQuarrie has found a way around this potential deal-breaker, as well as a way to incorporate Maverick into the story that doesn’t suck. The fact that McQuarrie is pals with Cruise and that he’s got a hot hand in Hollywood right now — his script for “Wolverine 2″ is rumored to kick adamantium ass — could mean that “Top Gun 2″ gets cleared for a big-screen flyby very soon. Sounds like it’s time to buzz the tower.

Is a “Top Gun” sequel a good idea? What would be a good story, and how does Maverick fit in? Tell us in the comments!