Yes, you read the title correctly. Tom Cruise is taking a huge leap in filmmaking by partnering with NASA to shoot (or at least part) of a movie aboard the International National Space Station, the first narrative feature ever to be shot in space.
“NASA is excited to work with @TomCruise on a film aboard the @Space_Station” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted on Tuesday. “We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA’s ambitions plans a reality”.
The first report came from Deadline Hollywood on Monday night stating that Cruise and SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk were in early stages of working in conjunction with NASA for an action-adventure feature film that would be shot in outer space.
Not much is known about the film at this stage, but Deadline reported that it will not be an instalment of Cruise’s “Mission Impossible” franchise.
In typical fashion for Cruise, even at 57 years of age, he has insisted on performing his own stunt work – which of course is no surprise, seeing his list of accomplishments in stunt work almost rival his filmography.
The International Space Station has hosted 239 people since its launch in 1998, with only six people on board at any one time and constantly travelling at 8 kilometres a second, orbiting the Earth roughly every hour and a half, so it will be undeniably a difficult task to complete.
Logistics aside, it will be undeniably a huge achievement for the film that will draw audiences – including us!