'Top Gun 2' is 'definitely happening,' according to Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise on the set of "Top Gun."
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Cult classic "Top Gun" could be getting a reboot.

While touring for his upcoming film "The Mummy," the movie's star, Tom Cruise, told the hosts of Australian TV show "Sunrise" that a sequel is "definitely happening," and that filming could start "probably in the next year."

The 1986 film, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, earned more than $350 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. Domestically, "Top Gun" grossed more than $170 million.

@sunriseon7: WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE: @TomCruise just confirmed that Top Gun 2 is happening! "I'm gonna start filming it probably in the next year". #sun7

Rumors have swirled around a "Top Gun" sequel for years, and a devoted fan base has survived on Facebook, celebrating events like the film's 24th anniversary. Bruckheimer stoked excitement, too, by tweeting a photo with "old friend" Cruise in 2016.

@BRUCKHEIMERJB: Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend @TomCruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2.

Rebooting old titles — especially on television — decades after their initial release has become increasingly more common. Streaming sites like Amazon, Netflix and Hulu have all resurrected old narratives across genres. And box-office hits like "Star Wars," "Jumanji" and "Jurassic World" have resurfaced for new audiences over the last couple of years.