When it was confirmed, early in May, that NASA is working with Tom Cruise and Elon Musk’s Space X on a film that will be partially shot in space, we were in the dark about almost everything else about the project. While there’s still a lot that is under wraps, it has now been revealed that director Doug Liman will be taking the helm of this untitled space-shot action film, as soon as the coronavirus pandemic-induced lockdown is lifted.
This project will mark the third time that Dough Liman and Tom Cruise have worked together- Liman had earlier directed Cruise on Edge of Tomorrow and American Made. All we know about this upcoming yet-to-be produced, top-secret film is that it will be shot in space, which explains NASA part in the project, and is also working with Elon Musk’s Space X, whose nature of association with the project is yet to be disclosed.
The untitled project is yet to be picked by a studio. As for when it will the floors is equally uncertain as Tom Cruise already has the halted filming of the back-to-back Mission: Impossible movies to complete, which were stopped mid-shoot owing to the coronavirus pandemic and the strict social distancing measures in place. Though plot details are yet to be revealed, it has been disclosed that Liman and Cruise, who have been working on the space adventure for quite some time now, will be producing it together. Liman is writing the script and has already finished the first draft of the screenplay!
Liman, who is better known for his critical and commercial hits like Jumper, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Identity, and Swingers, had already been developing another project with Cruise for Paramount Pictures, titled as Luna Park. As the plot of the film is about a group of renegade employees going to the moon to steal an energy source, it was rumored that it is the film NASA and Elon Musk are involved in. But the studio has clarified that it is separate from the Tom Cruise starrer outer-space shot film.
Before the pandemic effectively shut down Hollywood productions across the globe, Doug Liman was busy in the post-production of his Lionsgate/BRON film Chaos Walking starring Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland. But as reported by Deadline, Liman, eager to re-team on “this first of its kind project”, is planning to start working as soon as possible.
As for when the space movie will begin shooting, it also depends on how eager Tom Cruise is to shoot it given the fact that he has a full schedule currently, what with the delayed Top Gun: Maverick and the next Mission: Impossible film.