They say in space, no one can hear you scream. If that’s the case, then Tom Cruise won’t have to worry about another Mummy trailer debacle.
Last week, Variety ran a story about Tom Cruise’s planned film that will break history by being the first movie to film in space. As part of that story, they reported that Space Entertainment Enterprise, one of the production companies behind the film, has declared its plans to build a module that would connect to the International Space Station.
This entertainment-focused module would host movies, television, sports, and music events in their “low-orbit, micro-gravity environment”, and this entire overly-ambitious project is expected to be completed in December of 2024.
If you think all of this sounds like a Don’t Look Up-style parody of our modern world, you’d be forgiven. After all, we’re talking about a commercial, entertainment-focused production company setting up shop in the International Space Station. If that makes you ask questions such as, “Who would allow that? How would they get approval from all the other nations involved? How will Tom Cruise be able to jump on couches if there’s no gravity?” Don’t worry, we’re asking the same questions.
The module, called ISS-1, was apparently approved by NASA back in January of 2020, with a company known as Axiom Space being the one to receive official approval to build.
Of course, a lot of good could come from this. We could open up Netflix to intergalactic subscribers, the Martians will be able to keep up with the Kardashians, and space could host it’s own NFL team. Either way, the signal should be great…
WHERE DO TOM CRUISE AND UNIVERSAL PICTURES FIT IN?
According to Variety, not all of this space-module project revolves around the upcoming movie – though there is sure to be a lot of revolving. You know, because space. But sources at Universal Pictures told Variety that they had no knowledge of S.E.E’s plans to build an entertainment arena on the International Space Station. They are simply focused on the production of their film, which is said to have a whopping $200 million budget.
Apparently, they will only film partially on the International Space Station, with the rest of it being filmed on Earth. Additional footage is expected to be shot on a rocket. No word yet as to whether Tom Cruise will be inside the rocket as it leaves Earth’s atmosphere, or clinging to the outside of it.
Principal photography is said to start early next year. Universal is currently waiting on the screenplay from director Doug Liman ( American Made, Edge of Tomorrow) and producer Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Fallout; Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation), which is expected to be finished in the coming months. Both men are long-time collaborators with Tom Cruise, and have continued to raise the bar on his adrenaline-fueled stunts in their recent movies together.
Cruise is currently in production on Paramount’s Mission: Impossible 8 with Christopher McQuarrie. The pair decided to shoot the 7th and 8th films in the franchise back-to-back, and having finished principal photography on Mission Impossible 7 last year, they’re expected to finish production on Mission Impossible 8 sometime before the end of 2022.
The release date for the seventh film was recently pushed pushed from July 7, 2023, to June 28, 2024, and MI:8 (which was postponed several times due to COVID-19) was delayed from Sept. 30 to July 14, 2023. Cruise is said to start production on Universal’s space movie after filming on MI:8 wraps.
SO WHAT’S THE PLOT OF THE MOVIE?
Not much is currently known about the film, which is yet to receive a title. It’s been said that it will not be a sci-fi tale, but rather an action adventure story, and that the plot will follow a down-on-his-luck guy (Tom Cruise) who suddenly finds himself in the unique position of being the only person that can save Earth. So, don’t worry, it probably won’t have anything to do with Scientology. And it won’t be about Cruise hauling the actual UNIVERSAL logo into orbit around the planet…probably.
What do you think of the upcoming project? Are you excited for Tom Cruise’s next stunt? Did we make too many space jokes in the writing of this article? Let us know in the comments!