Tom Cruise is well-known for performing all his own stunts in action movies, but his next action flick looks likely to add a new form of danger as it’s going to be filmed in space.
On Monday, an article appeared on Deadline suggesting that Tom Cruise is planning to make a movie in space with a little help from Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The movie is not expected to be a new entry in the Mission: Impossible franchise and with so few details it was easy to dismiss the idea as pure rumor. But it looks as though this project is real.
As Engadget reports, yesterday NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted confirmation that Tom Cruise is indeed planning to film a movie in space with the agency’s help. His tweet said, “NASA is excited to work with @TomCruise on a film aboard the @Space_Station! We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA’s ambitious plans a reality.”
Although SpaceX’s involvement has yet to be officially confirmed, it seems very likely a Dragon capsule will end up being used to transport Cruise and his film crew to the International Space Station to capture footage. Knowing Cruise, he’ll want to film inside and out of the confines of ISS.
For now, there’s no movie studio attached to the project, but I think a few of them will be lining up to fund it if Cruise turns up at their door with a good script and the backing of NASA.