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Universal Pictures reportedly committed $200 million to help Tom Cruise make the first feature film in outer space, and all it took was one particularly exciting Zoom call.
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Cruise was previously in talks with NASA to work on an historic film that would see the “Mission Impossible” actor shoot an action movie in space with the help of Elon Musk’s aviation firm, SpaceX. Now, Universal Pictures is on board to the tune of $200 million in the hopes of having its name on the first-of-its-kind venture.
According to Deadline, Cruise, director Doug Liman, Christopher McQuarrie and PJ van Sandwijk managed to pitch the film in a virtual meeting with Universal executives who committed the cash to the project despite there not even being a fully penned script yet. The outlet reports that Liman is currently writing.
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In addition to assistance from Musk, Cruise’s writer and director on the highly successful “Mission Impossible” films, McQuarrie, will act as story adviser and producer alongside Liman and van Sandwijk.