The world was first introduced to Tom Cruise’s ‘Maverick’ and Val Kilmer’s ‘Iceman’ characters thirty years ago, the year was 1986 and the United States Air Force had a completely different arsenal then it does today.

With a sequel to “Top Gun” expected to release over the next few years, the producer of the film hinted at a few of the broad topics that the story may center around. One of the more interesting plot-points to appear in the film will be the USAF’s new concentration on drone warfare.

The film will involve Maverick once again but instead of appearing as the hot-shot dogfighting ace that he once was, the pilot is witnessing the end of the dogfighting era. Maverick will be struggling to stay relevant within a new generation of drone-piloting as a new generation of pilots takes over.

“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 said in an interview with the Guardian this week. “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.”

Producing the film will be David Ellison of Skydance, who also confirmed that Tom Cruise will be featured in the film, returning to the franchise as fighter-pilot Maverick once again.

More information on the plot, casting news and a production schedule are expected to be announced over the next year.