Tom Cruise working on space-set project with Elon Musk’s SpaceX
Mission: Impossible‘s Tom Cruise is ready to push every limit he’s set for himself thus far as Deadline has brought word that he is partnering with Elon Musk’s Space X and NASA to develop an action-adventure shot in space, according to Deadline.
The film, which is set to be the first narrative feature to be shot in outer space, is not attached to Cruise’s long-running hit franchise Mission: Impossible, nor is connected to any studio for the time being, but given the prospect of sending the 57-year-old actor to his biggest venture yet, it’s sure to be a heated bidding war.
Cruise has become notorious in Hollywood for his meticulous nature of doing almost exclusively his own stunts, rivaling Jackie Chan (The Foreigner) for the heights and extremes he will go to deliver pulse-pounding set pieces throughout his various blockbuster films. While the first Mission: Impossible was a generally tame effort for stunts, Cruise has taken it bigger with each follow-up, beginning with the no-wire climb in Mission: Impossible 2 in Utah’s Dead Horse Point State Park and continuing with the Shanghai skyscraper run in 3, scaling the Dubai skyscraper the Burj Khalifa and executing stunts 123 floors up in Ghost Protocol.
The most notorious came in the sixth and most acclaimed installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise, Fallout, which saw him hang from a helicopter in flight and scale a hanging payload, followed by flying the chopper itself around the Siachen Glacier and conducting a real High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) jump. He also leaped between multiple rooftops for a foot chase sequence, which resulted in him infamously breaking his ankle and forcing production to halt on the film for two months.