Last week, the head of Universal Pictures Donna Langley confirmed in an interview with BBC News that Cruise, 60, plans to take “a rocket to the [International Space Station]to shoot scenes for the as yet untitled project.
“I think Tom Cruise takes us to space. He takes the world to space,” Langley said. “That’s the plan. We have a great project in development with Tom planning to do this, take a rocket to the Space Station and shoot and hopefully be the first civilian to spacewalk. space outside the Space Station.”
Cruise’s next film, which Langley said he pitched to him on a Zoom call during the pandemic, has a budget of around $200 million, according to Variety.
“During the pandemic, he asked for a Zoom call with us and answered the call and said, ‘Guys, I’ve got this great project and here it is,'” Langley said. “The majority of the story actually takes place on Earth, and then the character has to go up into space to save the day.”
Langley also described Cruise’s character in the film as “an unlucky guy who finds himself in the position of being the only person who could save the Earth,” according to Variety.
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Cruise and Liman, who have previously collaborated on blockbusters like 2014’s edge of tomorrow and 2017 American madewere first reported to have worked together on the space movie in 2020. More details on the film are not yet available, although the pair are working with both NASA and Elon Musk‘s SpaceX on the project.
In September 2020, a Twitter post from the Space Shuttle Account Space Shuttle Almanac showed Cruise and Liman were both planned to participate in a SpaceX Dragon crew flight in October 2021. It is not known if this theft actually took place.
No Hollywood studio has ever shot a narrative feature film in space, according to Variety.
“There were a number of people like, ‘You’re going to kill yourself going into space,'” Liman said. Thrillist in a January 2021 interview.
“When a producer comes up with something as crazy as shooting a movie in space and the project actually starts to happen…you nurture the idea because of who it came from,” Liman added at the time. . “You’re like: Maybe the impossible is possible.”
In May 2020, then-NASA Administrator James Bridenstine said IndieWire he hoped Cruise’s desire to film in space would come to fruition and inspire future generations: “I totally agree. We’re going to do what we can to make it happen. There’s had a day when i was in elementary school and i saw Superior gun. From that day on, I knew I was going to be a Navy pilot. That’s how it was.”