Zoom Call Fuels Tom Cruise’s Space Movie with Big Budget at Universal

Tom Cruise‘s planned action adventure space movie – which will actually be shot in outer freakin’ space – will be blasting off with quite the hefty price tag.

Considering it’s the first ever narrative feature to be filmed above our atmosphere, it’s no real surprise that the cost to get this thing off the ground is quite high. Universal Pictures is the studio home for the project – and they’ve signed up for an expensive outing without even having seen a script.

According to Deadline, the still-untitled film currently has a production commitment cost in the vicinity of $US200 million. A sizeable amount, to be sure, but actually a lower-than-expected estimate when you consider the kind of logistics that will be undertaken. Plus, consider the fact that the budgets in the list of the 30 most-expensive movies begins at $US220 million – and hey,  Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides cost Disney a ridiculous $US376.5 million to make.

Universal’s execs signed up to the ambitious project over a Zoom pitch, reports Deadline. The Zoom call had Cruise, the planned film’s director and writer Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, American Made), Christopher McQuarrie and PJ van Sandwijk.

NASA, Elon Musk and his Space x program will also be on board the project, a factor that no doubt helped provide Universal with further confidence. Fingers crossed this all comes together nicely.

The next Cruise movie to hit screens will be Top Gun: Maverick, which has been delayed due to the pandemic. The actor and stunt-loving daredevil is currently in production on the seventh film in the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Stay tuned for more on Cruise’s space adventure as it unfolds…

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