‘Top Gun 2’ is happening, Tom Cruise confirms

Tom Cruise turned up the excitement around the production of "Top Gun 2" on Wednesday with a confirmation on Australian TV that the film will go ahead.

Interviewed on the "Sunrise" show on Australia's Seven Network, Cruise said that "filming will begin probably within the next next year."

Asked by the presenter if rumors of the long awaited sequel were correct, Cruise said "its true," before breaking into cackles and repeating himself several more time. "Its happening," he added. "You're the first people I've told. It's going to happen."

Cruise, Jerry Bruckheimer and co-star Val Kilmer have drip fed information about the film for the past two years. In addition, David Ellison of Skydance confirmed script development in 2015, and teased a potential plot.

"It is very much a world we live in today where it's drone technology and fifth generation fighters ... It's really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today," Ellison said in June 2015.

Bruckheimer previously produced the 1986 military airplane action film that was one of the biggest steps towards making Cruise a superstar. Tony Scott directed the original which also starred Tim Robbins and Kelly McGillis.

Cruise most recently starred in the action sequel "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back." His next release will be a remake of "The Mummy," directed by Alex Kurtzman.

Watch Cruise make the announcement in the video below:

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Actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman attend the 'Brooklyn Laundry' Play Performance on May 3, 1991 at the Coronet Theatre in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Nicole Kidman and actor Tom Cruise attend 'A Few Good Men' Westwood Premiere on December 9, 1992 at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman attend the 'Guys and Dolls' Musical Performance on May 13, 1992 at Martin Beck Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Director Barry Levinson, actress Nicole Kidman and actor Tom Cruise attend the 64th Annual Academy Awards After Party Hosted by Irving 'Swifty' Lazar on March 30, 1992 at Spago in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Nicole Kidman and actor Tom Cruise attend the 'Year of the Comet' West Hollywood Premiere on April 21, 1992 at DGA Theatre in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman attend the 'Carmen' Opening Night Performance on January 22, 1992 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles Music Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman attend The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and The Museum of Television & Radio Celebrate the Launch of 'Oscar's Greatest Moments (1971-1991)' on February 10, 1992 at The Museum of Television and Radio in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Nicole Kidman and actor Tom Cruise attend the 1993 U.S. Open Tennis on September 6, 1993 at Flushing Meadows Park in Flushing, Queens, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman attend The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and The Museum of Television & Radio Celebrate the Launch of 'Oscar's Greatest Moments (1971-1991)' on February 10, 1992 at The Museum of Television and Radio in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Nicole Kidman and actor Tom Cruise attend the 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 1993 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Nicole Kidman and actor Tom Cruise attend 'The Firm' Beverly Hills Premiere on June 28, 1993 at Academy Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Nicole Kidman and actor Tom Cruise attend the 66th Annual Academy Awards on March 21, 1994 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles Music Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Nicole Kidman and actor Tom Cruise attend the Ninth Annual American Cinematheque Award Salute to Rob Reiner on September 9, 1994 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman attend the 'Batman Forever' Westwood Premiere on June 9, 1995 at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Nicole Kidman and actor Tom Cruise attend the 'Jerry Maguire' New York City Premiere on December 6, 1996 at Pier 88, Chelsea Piers in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman attend the 'Jerry Maguire' New York City Premiere on December 6, 1996 at Pier 88, Chelsea Piers in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Nicole Kidman and actor Tom Cruise attend the 'Rent' Broadway Musical Performance on May 25, 1996 at the Nederlander Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Nicole Kidman and actor Tom Cruise attend the 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 21, 1996 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman attend the 'Mission: Impossible' Westwood Premiere on May 20, 1996 at Mann Bruin Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Nicole Kidman and actor Tom Cruise attend the 11th Annual American Cinematheque Award Salute to Tom Cruise on September 21, 1996 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman attend 'The Portrait of a Lady' New York City Premiere on December 7, 1996 at the United Artists Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Nicole Kidman and actor Tom Cruise attend the 20th Annual People's Choice Awards on March 8, 1994 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman attend the 'Mission: Impossible II' Hollywood Premiere on May 18, 2000 at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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369513 16: FILE PHOTO: Actors Tom Cruise, who stars in the film, and Nicole Kidman arrive at the premiere of 'Mission Impossible 2' May 18, 2000 at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA. Cruise and Kidman, one of the Hollywood's best-known couples, announced February 5, 2001 that they are separating after more than a decade of marriage. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman during 'Mission: Impossible 2' Los Angeles Premiere at Mann Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by S. Granitz/WireImage)
Nicole Kidman & Tom Cruise at the Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 1993 (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
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