Hollywood legend Tom Cruise is set to perform the greatest stunt in movie history in his next movie. Cruise is famous for doing his own stunts when he acts like in his smash hit Top Gun: Maverick.
For his encore, Cruise will become the first civilian to do a spacewalk outside of the international space station. NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX are on board and after Top Gun Hollywood won’t say no to Cruise as he is the new cash cow.
The movie has a $200 million budget and will be directed by Doug Liman. Cruse worked with Liman on “Edge of Tomorrow” (2014) and “American Made” (2017). Donna Langley, the head of Universal Pictures, said:
“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, that does contemplate him doing just that.
“Taking a rocket up to the space station and shooting and hopefully being the first civilian to do a spacewalk outside of the space station.
“It mostly takes place on Earth, and then the character needs to go up to space to save the day.”
She said Cruise will be playing a character who is “a down-on-his-luck guy who finds himself in the position of being the only person who could save Earth.”
“When a producer proposes something crazy to you, like, let’s try to shoot a movie in outer space, and NASA and SpaceX sign on, and Tom Cruise signs on, you’re just a little bit more receptive,” Liman said earlier.
From Variety July 23 2020:
The inherent marketing value around a global event like this is obvious. Similar to the recent historic launch of SpaceX’s Dragon crew vessel, the entire world will watch as Cruise is rocketed into space, forcing natural curiosity around the results.
The stakes are also high from a filmmaking standpoint. As one person familiar with the project put it, “you can’t be sure what you’re going to get up there, and you have one shot to do it.”
A major issue for any company considering the project is insuring Cruise and the filmmaking team, as no scripted production has ever conceived of shooting action sequences outside of Earth’s orbit. The movie is also said to not yet have a script.
At least two of the major streaming platforms were not invited to bid on the project, according to another insider, citing a strong preference from filmmakers to roll out the pic as a splashy theatrical event with a traditional studio.
To call the film an investment on Universal’s part would be an understatement. Cruise must still finish production on the latest “Mission: Impossible” film, which was stalled thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, before he heads directly into the eighth installment of the Paramount franchise.
Given his production schedule and what several insiders familiar with the project noted as considerable prep time for the cinematic feat, 58-year-old Cruise could be well over 60 by the time he straps into the SpaceX Dragon vessel and jets to the ISS to make his call time on set.