Tom Cruise is planning to shoot a movie at the International Space Station
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A chairman for Universal has confirmed there are plans for Tom Cruise to shoot a movie at the International Space Station.
Over the years there has been dozens of films set in space, from Star Wars to Gravity, Interstellar to Alien.
As technology continues to advance, film producers have got better and better at transporting audiences to what really appears to be the place beyond our atmosphere, but I suppose nothing will ever beat the real thing.
Considering that Cruise is already known for doing his own stunts, it's unsurprising that he wants things to look as genuine as possible for his films, and Donna Langley, chairman for Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, has made clear that not even the sky is the limit for the actor.
In an interview with BBC News, Langley expressed belief that Cruise is taking not just the film studio 'to space', but the entire world.
"Yeah, 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," Langley explained.
Though cameras in the International Space Station have previously allowed viewers a glimpse into what life is like for the astronauts up there, Cruise's project will be the first cinematic view of the vessel.
Cruise, who is now 60 years old, doesn't plan to stop at the Space Station, either. Rather than just hanging out in the relative safety of the vessel, the studio has hopes that he will be 'the first civilian to do a space walk outside of the Space Station'.
Langley revealed that the idea for the unique space mission came directly from Cruise, who works closely with director Doug Liman.
She recalled: "During the pandemic he asked for a Zoom call with us and got on to the call and said, 'guys I've got this great project and here it is'."
According to Langley, the 'majority' of the story that viewers will see in the film takes place on earth, but the character in the movie is then faced with some sort of predicament that means he has to 'go up to space to save the day'.
I'll be the first to admit that I'd never know if Cruise and the creators just ended up using a green screen to pull off the space scenes, but they'd know, and that just might not be good enough for them.
Cruise's venture might be one small step for man, but it's definitely a big step for Hollywood.
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