NASA will be collaborating with Tom Cruise to produce a new action movie in space, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced in a tweet on Tuesday.
NASA is excited to work with @TomCruise on a film aboard the @Space_Station! We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA’s ambitious plans a reality. pic.twitter.com/CaPwfXtfUv
— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) May 5, 2020
The movie will not be a part of the Mission: Impossible franchise and so far there is no studio involved with the project. In February, Cruise’s latest movie, Mission: Impossible 7, had to be put on hold due to COVID-19, as the production was taking place in Italy — one of the countries most affected by the virus.
According to Bridenstine, the new production in space aims to serve as an inspiration to a new generation of engineers and scientists, who in turn can help the space agency achieve its long-term goals. Elon Musk tweeted in response, “Should be a lot of fun!”
In collaboration with Musk’s SpaceX and alongside NASA, the narrative feature film may seem like an unconventional project. But, hey, shooting in outer space might be a safer alternative than Earth right now.