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FILM director Tony Scott spent the final days before his death with Tom Cruise researching Top Gun 2 at an American naval airbase, it was claimed today.

The pair first working together on the 1986 blockbuster.

It has been reported that the pair met last Friday, just two days before North East-born Scott – who went to Sunderland Art College – fell to his death from a suspension bridge in Los Angeles.

His death is being treated as suicide.

It is believed that a Top Gun 2 script was close to being finalised and that the director and actor were scouting locations in a bid to start shooting the sequel shortly.

Cruise has praised Mr Scott as a “creative visionary” as he added his voice to the tributes paid to the director,

The 68-year-old was best known for the action-packed Top Gun and also Days Of Thunder, which both starred Cruise.

He was the younger brother of film-maker Ridley Scott.