Just when you think Tom Cruise has peaked when it comes to cinematic success, he goes and does something to surprise us. It seems the actor is about to make history yet again, as Tom Cruise is set to become the first actor to shoot a movie in space.
- The project was first announced two years ago. In July 2020, Variety reported that Universal Pictures was in discussions to grab Tom Cruise’s space movie. The untitled project, directed by The Bourne Identity’s Doug Liman, was temporarily shelved due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, it seems like the ball is rolling again.
- Shooting a movie in space with Tom Cruise isn’t going to be cheap. By some initial estimates, the project will cost a minimum of $200 million, with up to $60 million of that going to Cruise alone. However, until the film is more fleshed out, it’s impossible to tell how high costs might go. Not to mention, it’s not exactly cheap to take a rocket into outer space.
- It seems that Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG) is totally on board. After Cruise and Liman reached back out to the company, it didn’t take long to get moving. UFEG’s interest in a Tom Cruise space movie was not just piqued but solidified. According to BBC News, UFEG Chairman Donna Langley said in a statement: “I think Tom Cruise is taking us to space, he’s taking the world to space. That’s the plan. We have a great project in development with Tom … Taking a rocket up to the Space Station and shooting.”
- To be fair, the whole movie won’t be shot in space. According to Langley, most of the movie will be shot on terra firma. However, the climax of the movie would see “the character [going] up to space to save the day.” Additionally, she hopes that Cruise will end up being “the first civilian to do a spacewalk outside of the space station.”