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2020-05-05

Tom Cruise and Elon Musk's SpaceX reportedly make a space movie

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Tom Cruise, the ageless film star who has tried ever more treacherous stunts over the past few missions: Impossible sequels, is reportedly planning to shoot his next outer space action thriller, and with the help of the futurist billionaire tech titan Elon Musk and NASA.

That's Mike Fleming Jr. according to a Monday report by Deadline.

"I'm hearing that Tom Cruise and Elon Musk's SpaceX are working on a project with NASA that would be the first narrative feature film - an action adventure - to be shot in outer space," writes Fleming Jr., referring to the Tesla founder's private space travel program launched in 2002. "It's not a mission: the film is impossible and there's no studio in the mix at this stage but look for more news as I get it. But it's real, albeit in the early stages of liftoff.'

It was announced late last month that the next two outings of Cruise as IMF super agent Ethan Hunt, Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8, were delayed by Paramount due to coronavirus shutdowns, with new release years of 19 November 2021 and 4 November 2022. The plan was to shoot both installments back and back, and only a few days of filming on Part 7 was under way in Italy when it was shut down on Feb. 24. (Another Cruise sequel, the long-awaited Top Gun follow-up of the 1980s: Maverick, was also recently delayed, from 24 June until 23 December.)

That is to say Cruise, 57, still has plenty of missions to pull off on Earth before he can turn his attention to the stars.

How well or for how long Cruise and Musk had known each other is unclear. But in 2013, Cruise made his appreciation of Musk's work known when he tweeted an image of Musk's project that mirrored some of the tech used in his futuristic Minority Report 2002 thriller.

Meanwhile, Musk has recently been in the news for proclaiming on Twitter that he is "selling almost all physical possessions" and "will own no house." On Sunday, Musk listed two of his California homes for sale.

Among the recent wave of death-defying stunts in M: I movies by Cruise: he scaled the world's highest building in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), hung from the side of a plane in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) and made a real HALO jump in Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018).

"The older Tom Cruise gets, the more fun it is to watch him risk death in elaborate and age-and gravity-defying ways," wrote the New York Times in 2018.

Then, to attempt a new round of stunts at zero gravity seems like the next logical progress.