Featured Image Source: Oblivion
In May, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced the agency and SpaceX will collaborate with Hollywood action movie actor Tom Cruise to film a movie at the International Space Station (ISS). “NASA is excited to work with Tom Cruise 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,” Bridenstine stated via Twitter – “Should be a lot of fun!” the founder of SpaceX Elon Musk said in response. Cruise will launch aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, that deploys into orbit atop the company’s Falcon 9 rocket.
Universal Pictures is reportedly in negotiations to film the first movie in outer space, starring Tom Cruise, according to a report by Variety The film will have a production budget of $200 million and will be directed by Doug Liman. The movie still does not have a script yet; “Cruise could earn somewhere between $30 million and $60 million, according to insiders. This would cover his services as a producer and star,” Variety wrote.
Cruise is known for his role in the action-packed saga ‘Mission: Impossible,’ and starred in the space movie called, ‘Oblivion.’ He does not shy away from adventure and does his crazy stunts in action films. – In ‘Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol’ he scaled the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and in ‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’ he hanged from an Atlas C1 cargo plane in motion and held his breath for over three minutes long underwater during a diving scene. So, going to outer space aboard a SpaceX rocket will be the ultimate adventure!
Should be a lot of fun!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 5, 2020
SpaceX successfully launched its first manned flight aboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft on May 30th. A Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, launching NASA Astronaut Robert Behnken and Astronaut Douglas Hurley on a journey to the International Space Station. The mission, known as Demo-2, demonstrates the spacecraft is safe and reliable to carry out future operational missions to the orbiting laboratory. The agency had not launched crewed flights to space since the Space Shuttle fleet was grounded in 2011. SpaceX returned human spaceflight capabilities to the United States. The astronauts are expected to return aboard Dragon soon, on August 2nd.
A movie filmed in outer space would revolutionize the film industry. Such feat has never been done before, aside from astronauts recording themselves at the space station and during spacewalks. It will take a lot of rigorous training for Cruise to film in zero gravity. It is still uncertain how many actors or film crew will join Cruise on his next adventure movie, the Dragon spacecraft is capable of carrying four to seven passengers. One thing is certain, Cruise will experience incredible views of Earth from space!