NASA has confirmed that it’s working on a movie with Tom Cruise, to be filmed aboard the real International Space Station.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine explained that the decision has been taken in part “to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists”.
Tom Cruise has hung off the sides of planes, piloted helicopters and planes, scaled skyscrapers, and pretty much spent his entire action film career performing many of his own death-defying stunts. And now he’s reportedly setting his sights on the biggest stunt of all: filming a movie in outer space.
Cruise is reportedly teaming with Elon Musk’s SpaceX and working with NASA to make the first narrative film ever shot in space — and an action movie, at that!
“It’s not a Mission: Impossible film and no studio is in the mix at this stage,” Deadline reports. “But this is real, albeit in the early stages of liftoff.”
Cruise’s latest project, the back-to-back production of Mission: Impossible 7 and 8, is currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. M:I 7 was about to film in Italy when the countrywide quarantine forced the production to shut down. The delays have now prompted Paramount to set new release dates for both films.
Cruise’s next release is Top Gun: Maverick, which flies into theaters this December.