Tom Cruise may become “the first civilian to do a spacewalk” outside of the International Space Station. Talks of a new movie featuring Tom Cruise actually filming part of the movie in space with director Doug Liman.
The head of Universal Pictures, Donna Langley, said as much in a recent interview with BBC. Apparently, the movie has a budget in the $200 million dollar range. Though it was already known that the movie would have scenes filmed on the International Space Station, Langley plans to have cruise also perform a spacewalk outside the station.
“Tom Cruise is taking us to space. He’s taking the world to space. That’s the plan,” Langley said in the interview. “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.”
As reported by Variety,
Langley revealed that while the movie will send Cruise to space, it “actually [mostly] takes place on Earth, and then the character needs to go up to space to save the day.” The Universal chairwoman described Cruise’s character as “a down-on-his-luck guy who finds himself in the position of being the only person who could save Earth.”
Tom Cruise is no novice to extreme stunts on his films. Cruise has performed many jaw dropping stunts himself such as hanging on a cliff side by only his fingertips before pulling himself up, or when he scaled the world’s tallest building in Dubai, or even crazier, using only his fingertips as he dangled 1,000 feet in the air from the side of a plane that was flying at the speed of 100 knots for six to eight minutes.
Details about the space movie are being kept under wraps. However, it is known that they are working with both NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX company.
Liman told Thrillist, “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.”
Reportedly, Cruise could earn somewhere between $30 million and $60 million, according to insiders.