Tom Cruise has already climbed the Burj Khalifa, been strapped to the side of an airplane, and held his breath underwater for six-plus minutes, but apparently that’s not enough. Deadline is reporting that Cruise and Elon Musk’s Space X are “working on a project with NASA that would be the first narrative feature film – an action adventure – to be shot in outer space.”
This is pretty big news. Even bigger than Tom Cruise making all his Top Gun: Maverick co-stars learn how to actually fly fighter jets. Cruise has mentioned in the past about wanting to shoot a movie in space, and now it looks like it is becoming a reality. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine even confirmed the news on Twitter:
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. pic.twitter.com/CaPwfXtfUv
— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) May 5, 2020
Even though this is in the early stages of development, I am already excited at the potential this has to be the movie of the year (whenever it is released). Nowadays, movies need to have a major selling factor to become a major event (like the OT cast of Star Wars returning for The Force Awakens or Endgame wrapping up 10 years of the MCU). A Tom Cruise action movie actually set and filmed in outer space definitely fits that bill.
Cruise loves doing his own stunts and being a risk taker, so I would expect he’s planning on doing some insane space stunt that will almost surely kill him. But he thrives on realistic action sequences over CGI-enhanced ones. And for that I have to tip my hat to him.
We’ll keep you updated on any developments on this upcoming project.
What do you think of Tom Cruise making a movie in space? Will Vin Diesel try and beat him to it with Fast 10 Your Seatbelts… in Space?