How Tom Cruise convinced Universal Pictures to put $200M toward movie filmed in outer space

Actor Tom Cruise doesn’t even have a script for his upcoming history-making film to be shot in space but managed to convince Universal Pictures to shell out $200 million (nearly Rs 1500 crore) to produce it.

Tom Cruise convinced Universal to pay $200 million for a movie to be shot in space, over a Zoom call

  • The outlet notes that the $200 million figure is just an estimate given that proper logistics need to be hammered out with a script in hand.
  • However, it notes that, with all things considered, it’s a very reasonable sum given that it can cost more to make space-set blockbusters by way of visual effects, and those movies can’t boast making cinema history.
  • 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.

Cruise Talk with Nasa:

  1. The cruise was previously in talks with NASA to work on a 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.
  2. 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.

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Movie to be shoot in space: writer, director, Producer

As per an online portal, Universal signed off on the whopping project over a Zoom call with Cruise.

Writer-director: Doug Liman, his frequent collaborator Christopher McQuarrie,

Producer : PJ van Sandwijk.

Elon Musk is also going to be a part of the project through his SpaceX firm.

In addition to assistance from Musk, Cruise’s writer and director on the highly successful “Mission Impossible” films, McQuarrie, will act as a story adviser and producer alongside Liman and van Sandwijk.

Liman, on the other hand, has worked with the actor on Edge of Tomorrow and American Made. He’s currently writing the script for the action-adventure film”.

The cruise will next be seen in Top Gun: Maverick, which after being pushed to December, was further pushed to 2021 because of the continued effects of the virus across the world.

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