JUST WATCH THIS SPACE...

Kentish Express Ashford & District - What's On - - CINEMA -

A cou­ple of weeks ago I waxed lyri­cal about Tom Cruise and his en­thu­si­asm for do­ing danger­ous things on cam­era. Sooner or later, The Cruiser will end up in space. It just seems to be the nat­u­ral evo­lu­tion of his brand.

If James Cameron had his way, it would have al­ready hap­pened by now.

In a re­cent in­ter­view, the Os­car-win­ning di­rec­tor talked about a pro­ject he pitched to Cruise back in 2000: a space movie ac­tu­ally made in space. Cameron said: “I ac­tu­ally talked to [Cruise] about do­ing a space film in space, about 15 years ago. I had a con­tract with the Rus­sians in 2000 to go to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion and shoot a high-end 3D doc­u­men­tary there. And I thought, ‘Man, we should just make a fea­ture.’ I said, ‘Tom, you and I, we’ll get two seats on the Soyuz, but some­body’s gotta train us as en­gi­neers.’ Tom said, ‘No prob­lem, I’ll train as an en­gi­neer.’ We had some ideas for the story, but it was still con­cep­tual.”

Ob­vi­ously, it never hap­pened in the end, and cul­ture is all the poorer for it. Cruise has de­cided to train as a fighter jet pi­lot in­stead of a zero-grav­ity en­gi­neer, and James Cameron will be work­ing on se­quels to Avatar for the rest of his nat­u­ral life.

But, God, I want to know more about this film. What was the plot? Would there be aliens? How would The Cruiser find a way to ride a mo­tor­bike in space? Jok­ing aside, could this film have been fea­si­ble at all? Shoot­ing a fea­ture film in the ISS would be an al­most im­pos­si­ble en­deav­our. But then again, Cameron and Cruise spe­cialise in im­pos­si­ble mis­sions (sorry). As we know, Cruise will sac­ri­fice life and limb for his craft, while Cameron loves to in­no­vate. For ex­am­ple, rather than simulating un­der­wa­ter en­vi­ron­ments for the next Avatar film, he went and filmed it all un­der­wa­ter, say­ing: “We’ve thrown a lot of horse­power, in­no­va­tion, imag­i­na­tion and new tech­nol­ogy at the prob­lem... it’s taken us about a year and a half now to work out how we’re go­ing to do it.”

That’s the kind of per­son who would go to space with Tom Cruise.

Maybe one day...

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