'Top Gun 2' Really Happening, Tom Cruise and All

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After more than two decades of foot-dragging and see-sawing, Paramount and the folks behind the on-again, off-again effort to bring "Top Gun 2" to theaters have finally kicked things into high gear, which can mean only one thing: they felt the need... the need for speed.

The movie event you never thought you'd live to see is almost upon us as New York Magazine is reporting that Paramount has extended concrete offers to all the principle players -- including producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott and even aging hotshot Tom Cruise -- to reprise their roles from the 1986 classic "Top Gun."

So what's behind this abrupt announcement after all these years of nothing? Apparently some of it has to do with the behind-the-scenes participation of David Ellison, a hardcore flying fanatic who also has been helping Paramount put together financing for big films like "Mission Impossible 4."

It also helps that the perfect writer for the project has dropped into their laps: "Usual Suspects" author Christopher McQuarrie, who recently wowed execs at Fox with his script for the "Wolverine' sequel, apparently has been turning heads with a "Top Gun 2' treatment that includes a juicy (if smaller) role for Maverick himself.

Of course, nothing is set in stone. Though by all accounts the prospects for "Top Gun 2" look more promising than ever, after 24 years of waiting, we're not going to fully believe this is happening until the ink is dry on the contracts and the camera starts rolling.

And sequels with these kinds of delays don't always work out -- take a peek at "Godfather III" if you're not sure what we mean.

But, all in all, this news has us pretty stoked. Even after all this time, we still haven't lost that lovin' feeling. Now if you'll excuse us, we're going to go out and celebrate by buzzing a tower. Who's with us?