Over the years, Tom Cruise has risked life and limb to bring us some of the most outrageous stunts ever committed to film, and according to Deadline, the actor may very well be plotting to take his extreme stunts to the final frontier; That’s right, Tom Cruise is headed to outer space.
Per Deadline, Tom Cruise and Elon Musk’s Space X are said to be working on a project with NASA which would become the first narrative feature-film to be shot in outer space. While you might assume that Cruise would save his first outer space stunts for the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise, Deadline says that this won’t be a MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE project and that no studios are attached at this point. It’s still very early days on the project, but if anyone is going to do it, I’d place my money on Cruise.
Over the years, we’ve seen Tom Cruise scaling the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, clinging to the side of a cargo plane as it takes off, and all manner of death-defying stunts, but actually traveling to outer space to shoot an action/adventure film might just take the cake. Maybe they could shoot a little something for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7 & 8 while they’re up there, but writer/director Christopher McQuarrie doesn’t see the need to take the franchise into space just yet as he teased that they’ve worked out some more crazy Earth-bound stunts for Tom Cruise to tackle in the new films. “We’ve figured out three obscene things that he’s doing that I’m terrified of, that make the helicopter chase look like tinker toys,” McQuarrie said. Speaking of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, production on the next installment(s) of the long-running franchise was underway before COVID-19 forced them to shut-down. As a result, the release dates of the two films were pushed back, with MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7 now set to hit theaters on November 19, 2021, with MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 8 following on November 4, 2022.