Tom Cruise has a reputation of going overboard with his stunts, but he’s doing much more than that this time around. The Mission Impossible star will be going into space next year to shoot an actual movie there. He will be accompanied on this unique mission by writer and director Doug Liman, who has collaborated with Cruise several times before.
Rumours about Tom Cruise’s possible space sojourn were doing the rounds since earlier this year, but a Twitter account that follows space exploration has now tweeted out a schedule that clearly shows Cruise and Liman among those scheduled to go on future space travel missions. They seem to have booked spots on the International Space Station (ISS) in October 2021 and will be travelling onboard SpaceX’s Dragon Axiom.
The Dragon Axiom is SpaceX’s mission to take four people on a tour of the ISS for approximately eight days. Apart from the actor-director pair, professionally trained astronaut Michael López-Alegría will be travelling on the mission, while a fourth spot still remains vacant, just in case you’re interested.
As for what this movie actually is, it’s apparently still being written by Liman. It was apparently pitched in a hurried manner to Universal via an “exuberant Zoom call.” The film has been budgeted at around $200 million, which is not a surprise given that the space trip for the actor and director is alone going to cost about $110 million.
So its confirmed that @CommanderMLA is flying the @Axiom_Space @SpaceX #CrewDragon tourist mission with Director @DougLiman & Tom Cruise. One seat still to be filled. They are to launch in October, 2021. pic.twitter.com/dn6SLvCOGz
— Space Shuttle Almanac (@ShuttleAlmanac) September 19, 2020
Tom Cruise, Doug Liman, Christopher McQuarrie and PJ van Sandwijk will be acting as producers for this grand project, while McQuarrie (director of multiple Mission Impossible films) will also serve as story adviser.
That is about as much as we know about this upcoming film for now. Since October 2021 is when the space portions of the film are scheduled to be filmed, don’t expect it to release until at least late 2022 or 2023. Tom Cruise is currently involved in the filming of Mission: Impossible 7, which has faced several delays owing to the COVID-19 crisis.
With so many delays, it seems unlikely that the Christopher McQuarrie directorial will be ready for its November 2021 release. Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Vanessa Kirby will be reprising their roles from previous films, while Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham, and Esai Morales will be joining the franchise for the first time.
Tom Cruise’s highly anticipated Top Gun: Maverick should have hit theatres earlier this year, but the pandemic has resulted in a delay in its release as well. A sequel to the 1986 smash hit, this film has been directed by Joseph Kosinski, known for directing Tron: Legacy. Along with Cruise, it stars Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer.
In July this year, news came that Top Gun: Maverick has gotten delayed into next year. Paramount Pictures is now aiming for a July 2, 2021 release date.