It recently came to light that Tom Cruise, Elon Musk, and NASA are working on a movie that is to be shot on mars. Deadline reported this head-scratcher Monday, noting the movie will be an action-adventure, in true Cruise fashion, and will be the first narrative feature of its kind. And no, it won’t be a Mission: Impossible film, nor is it currently attached to any studio. Reps for Cruise have not yet responded to Vanity Fair’s request for comment.
NASA has been looking to open the International Space Station to wider commercial use, beyond scientific research for new drugs and novel materials that can only be grown in zero-gravity conditions. That includes space tourism. Axiom Space, a start-up run by a former NASA space station manager, has been selected to build a commercial module with Philippe Starck-designed interiors that would be attached to the International Station. Even before its completion, the company is selling $55 million tickets on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft to tourists wanting to visit the more austere accommodations
Musk, a man who is simply addicted to the concept of living on Mars, is probably a suitable business partner for such a venture thanks to SpaceX, his rocket and spacecraft-manufacturing company. If Musk, who recently welcomed a new baby boy with partner Grimes, had his way, half of humanity would probably be living on the moon right now, with the other half hitting a vicious game of rock-paper-scissors to see who gets dibs on Mars. But a movie made within the confines of a space shuttle is a nice alternative to all that.