The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has confirmed that it will be collaborating with Tom Cruise for its next film to be shot entirely in space. The agency’s administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted that the film will be shot aboard the International Space Station. He also added that they required a new generation of engineers and scientists to make the project a reality.
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
According to a report on Deadline, Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX who was recently in the news after he welcomed his newborn son ‘X Æ A-12’, will also be associating with the two for the project. While Elon commented on the tweet, the engineer hasn’t confirmed his presence in the project yet.
Should be a lot of fun!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 5, 2020
The report said that no production studio is officially on board and that the project is still in the drafting stage. It also added that the film will be an action-adventure, the first narrative film to be shot in outer space.
Last year, NASA announced that it will allow private or independent astronauts paid access to the International Space Station’s (ISS) facilities. Those who want to make commercial use of NASA’s facilities are required to purchase resources as part of their activities. The use of life support equipment and the toilet costs $11,250 per day, while crew supplies cost $22,500 per day.
Read more about it here.
Today starts a new day in low-Earth orbit as we unlock the @Space_Station’s potential as a platform for companies to engage in commercial profit-making activities and we welcome private astronauts to visit on U.S. vehicles. Get more details: https://t.co/lJnIlxaii7 pic.twitter.com/8sbi1lEzIn
— NASA (@NASA) June 7, 2019
Meanwhile, the Mission Impossible star who was last seen in the sixth installment, Fallout, of the franchise will next feature in Top Gun: Maverick and the seventh and eighth installments of Mission Impossible.
Earlier set for release on June 26, Top Gun: Maverick will now hit screens in December 2020 owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The film helmed by Tron: Legacy fame Joseph Kosinski is in the post-production stage.
While only the seventh installment of the Mission Impossible series was on cards, reports have surfaced that a following installment has also been planned. Director Christopher McQuarrie has reportedly decided to follow the pattern the Avengers Infinity War and End Game adopted, by releasing both the installments consecutively, the seventh on November 19, 2021, with the sequel to follow a year later on November 4, 2022.