Space Entertainment Enterprise, co-producers of Tom Cruise’s forthcoming space-set film, has announced plans to build a fully-fledged production studio 250 miles above Earth.
Remember back in 2020, when Tom Cruise teamed up with Elon Musk’s Space X to shoot the first ever feature film in space… no? That’s probably because it never happened.
Plans to send Cruise and director Doug Liman into zero gravity stalled over issues with the $200m budget, and they were then pipped to the post by a Russian film crew – who completed a 12-day shoot for The Challenge aboard the International Space Station in 2021.
Despite this knock to what would’ve undoubtedly been a lucrative publicity stunt, it’s not unlike the US to rewrite the terms of the space race completely. The stakes, once again, have been raised in a big way.
Space Entertainment Enterprise, the company co-producing Tom Cruise’s movie, has now announced plans to build a dedicated module on the ISS which will act as a fully-fledged film and TV studio. This off world facility will be available to rent for film studios and reportedly will allow influencers to livestream content.
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Sci-fi has long been a staple of the movie industry, held up by creative prop departments and special effects teams, but regular trips to outer space will aim to alleviate the heavy lifting for production studios.
The thinking, amusingly, is that blasting an entire crew 250 miles above Earth is actually more convenient. With the ISS completing a full orbit of Earth every 90 minutes, it’ll certainly be good for duping talent into working overtime.