It’s often been a joke that in order to make the most bombastic of action pictures even bigger that the final frontier is, well, what Star Trek said it was. There was talk that the next Fast & Furious film, in order to be far more thrilling than the previous films, would have to go to space. And that may have been a silly notion at the time but with this latest choice of a certain actor, that may be the next step.
Action star Tom Cruise is joining forces with Elon Musk‘s SpaceX company to shoot a movie in space. And, no, it won’t be a Mission Impossible movie as many have theorized since the franchise has more films ordered to shoot soon. That would be quite the sequel but for being one of the first narratives to be shot in space one would probably want it to be something a little more enticing than Mission Impossible 7.
Believe it or not, this has been a real prospect for decades considered by the grandest of filmmakers. James Cameron, in particular, noted in 2018 how Cruise had been considered for such an out-there concept.
“I actually talked to [Cruise] about doing a space film in space, about 15 years ago. I had a contract with the Russians in 2000 to go to the International Space Station and shoot a high-end 3D documentary there. And I thought, ‘S—, man, we should just make a feature.’ I said, ‘Tom, you and I, we’ll get two seats on the Soyuz, but somebody’s gotta train us as engineers.’ Tom said, ‘No problem, I’ll train as an engineer.’ We had some ideas for the story, but it was still conceptual.”