Hollywood Actor Tom Cruise will “hopefully” be “the first civilian to do a spacewalk” from the International Space Station (ISS) when he will take off along with the director, Doug Liman, for a new action movie. The head of Universal Pictures, Donna Langley, talked about this in a recent BBC interview. Universal has a budget of $200 million for the Cruise space project. Langley plans to shoot Cruise a spacewalk along with some scenes at the ISS.
Tom Cruise Spacewalk
The director said in the BBC interview that “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”.
Langley continued to reveal about the Cruise space project that “It mostly takes place on Earth, and then the character needs to go up to space to save the day”. The Universal chairwoman revealed that Cruise’s character is “a down-on-his-luck guy who finds himself in the position of being the only person who could save Earth”.
Cruise has worked with Liman in films such as Edge of Tomorrow (2014) and American Made (2017). Although the production is collaborating with NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX; other plot details are being kept confidential. If helmed successfully, the film will be the first Hollywood feature to be shot in space.
Liman informed Thrillist how the idea came on board, “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.”
The film’s production budget is said to be $200 million according to sources. As per an insider, Tom Cruise might earn between $30 million and $60 million for being the producer and actor and include in an extraordinary first-dollar contribution.
Tom Cruise’s last film was this year’s release Top Gun Maverick that released on 27 May. It became the sixth highest ever grosser of the US box office.