Tom Cruise, who is famous for his daring roles, is planning to film his next movie in space. This decision comes after the huge success of “Top Gun: Maverick,” which earned more than $1.4 billion at the box office.
During a BBC interview, Donna Langley, the leader of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, revealed that Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman, known for his work on “The Bourne Identity,” originated the concept and initiated the project as early as 2020.
Amid the pandemic, they presented a wild concept to Langley through a Zoom meeting. The idea involved the movie primarily unfolding on Earth, with Cruise’s character eventually venturing into space to rescue and resolve the situation.
If everything goes as intended, Langley mentioned that Cruise would become the “first non-astronaut to perform a spacewalk outside of a space station.”
Langley expressed, “Tom Cruise is leading us on a journey to space. He’s taking the world with him. That’s the goal.”
It will mark a significant milestone in Hollywood as the first-ever narrative feature film to be shot in space.
Top Gun: Spaceman
It has been disclosed that Cruise will collaborate closely with NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX company for the upcoming film, which is currently untitled.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine expressed his enthusiasm about collaborating with the movie star in a tweet.
“He mentioned his hope that the film would motivate and inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists, encouraging them to contribute towards NASA’s ambitious plans and help bring them to fruition.”
Elon Musk later replied to the tweet, saying that the project “should be a lot of fun!”
Should be a lot of fun!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 5, 2020
Out of this world
Additionally, a Hollywood news outlet has verified that this film will not be connected to the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, which is typically the domain for Cruise’s daring stunts and adventures.
The franchise is intertwined with the actor’s career.
In the previous movies of the franchise, Cruise was famously depicted hanging from airplanes in “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation” and climbing the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, in “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol”.
During the filming of “Mission: Impossible Fallout,” Cruise suffered a broken ankle, leading to a temporary halt in production for seven weeks to allow him to recuperate from his injury.
The film series, consisting of six movies in total, has earned a staggering amount of over US$3.5 billion at the box office.
The next movie in the “Mission: Impossible” series will be divided into two parts and is called “Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning.”
The movie is expected to come out in July 2023, after its release was postponed because of the pandemic.