Tom Cruise To Film In Space: A Bad Idea?

Tom Cruise is known for his daring stunts. Earlier this week, Deadline reported that Tom Cruise was to film a new movie on the International Space Station.

Tom Cruise in Space in the movie Oblivion
Universal Pictures: Oblivion

There has been no confirmed details at this stage, as this film is at the very early stages of its conception. However, Deadline reported that the movie was not part of the Mission Impossible franchise.

However, even for Tom Cruise, the idea of filming in space seems extreme. We explore whether a film shot in space is a good idea.


Our initial and main concern about a film shot in space is whether it can be done safely. Not only for Tom Cruise, who seems to have an appetite for risk, but for the remainder of the cast and crew who will be involved in the production.

Furthermore, considering that the project will be done in collaboration with Elon Musk’s Space X and NASA, it appears as if safety is being taken very seriously.


This is more of a practical consideration, but it did get us thinking. Is it possible to get insurance for a film being shot in space?

Collider previously reported how Tom Cruise has fired insurance companies in the past, to be able to perform his own stunts.

In the below interview, Jonathan Ross asks Tom Cruise how he gets insured for one of his stunts during Mission: Impossible 2. Cruise replies that he didn’t send the footage back to the studio, as they were trying to cut that particular sequence out of the film due to safety concerns.

It seems that when Cruise makes up his mind, little can get in his way.


Space exploration is incredibly important. Not only for our theoretical and intellectual fascination as a human species, but there may also be practical benefits.

One of the great benefits from this movie is that it may reignite a spark of passion for space exploration.

Tom Cruise being attached to the project will only increase the marketing and ensure the movie has a bigger chance of being a success.

Tom Cruise also has a deep interest in Space himself. He previously starred in Oblivion, a film about protecting Earth’s natural resources from alien invaders. He also narrated a 2002 IMAX documentary called Space Station 3D. Tom Cruise clearly has a deep passion and interest in Space. And we are sure that the film will increase people’s wonder and awe of what lies above.

Financial Impact

As much as everyone loves to think that movies are purely created for art, the honest truth is that they are a business. They are created as an investment, with the expectation of returning a profit.

Niche ideas sell. Plus, audiences love to see risky stunts on screen. Especially with the project involving Tom Cruise, audiences know that he will work hard to deliver a good result.

The project will likely be a HUGE financial success.

Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder
Paramount Pictures: Tropic Thunder

There may also be positive financial results for NASA and Space X who can thrive off the publicity. This may result in increased funding from governments. Or at the least, they will make a profit from the amount they rent the ISS out for.

Therefore, the project is likely to be mutually beneficial.


Let’s be totally honest with ourselves. Seeing a Tom Cruise movie where he actually goes to space will be incredibly fun.

It’s a novel idea which has not been done before. And most of us would love to go the theater and watch it.

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