NASA officials determined to make Tom Cruise space movie happen

Officials at NASA are doing everything they can to ensure Tom Cruise’s new space movie will happen.News broke earlier this month that the Hollywood movie star would be heading into new intergalactic heights by teaming up with Elon Musk’s aerospace comp…

Officials at NASA are doing everything they can to ensure Tom Cruise’s new space movie will happen.

News broke earlier this month that the Hollywood movie star would be heading into new intergalactic heights by teaming up with Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX and experts at NASA to become the first person to shoot a movie aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

According to editors at Deadline, Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman is helming the as-yet-untitled project, and while plot details are firmly under wraps, NASA administrator James Bridenstine is adamant his team is working hard to get the project underway.

“People ask me about Tom Cruise all the time now,” he said at the delayed SpaceX rocket launch in Florida on Wednesday. “The answer is yes, we would love for Tom Cruise to fly to the International Space Station and make a movie. I’m all for that.

“We’re going to do what we can to make that happen,” Bridenstine added, noting that he was inspired to become a Navy pilot after watching Cruise in the 1986 classic, Top Gun.

“There was a day when I was in elementary school and I saw Top Gun. From that day, I knew I was going to be a Navy pilot. It’s just the way it was. If we can get Tom Cruise to inspire an elementary kid to join the Navy and be a pilot, why can’t we get Tom Cruise to inspire the next Elon Musk?” he asked. “It’s all about the next generation.”

In addition to directing, Liman is also writing the first draft of the screenplay and will produce alongside Cruise.

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Emily Blunt hoping ‘stars will align’ for Edge of Tomorrow sequel

Emily Blunt is hoping the “stars will align” so a sequel to Edge of Tomorrow gets made.In the 2014 sci-fi action blockbuster, the 37-year-old starred as Sergeant Rita Vrataski, who was assigned to help Tom Cruise’s novice Major William Cage defeat a ra…

Emily Blunt is hoping the “stars will align” so a sequel to Edge of Tomorrow gets made.

In the 2014 sci-fi action blockbuster, the 37-year-old starred as Sergeant Rita Vrataski, who was assigned to help Tom Cruise’s novice Major William Cage defeat a race of aliens invading Earth.

Reports of a sequel have been circulating ever since, and according to Blunt, director Doug Liman has settled on the perfect story for the follow-up since recruiting screenwriter Matthew Robinson.

“I think there’s an idea, that he says is great,” she told IndieWire. “And (Liman) says this guy came in and cracked the case. How the stars will all align for us to be able to do it. I don’t know. I hope they do.”

She joked that by the time production begins on the highly anticipated sequel, she and Cruise will be pensioners and will need the de-ageing technology used on Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic The Irishman.

“Tom and I are going to be 70 before we make another one It’s going to look a bit weird. We’ll have to do a real flash-forward one… We’ll go full Irishman, it’ll be the Irishman version of Edge of Tomorrow. Who knows? I hope, I’m going to talk to Doug about it,” Blunt added.

In the action movie, Cruise’s character is trapped in a time loop, dying over and over again during the same battle, until his combat skills improve enough for him to figure out how he and Vrataski can defeat the alien race, called Mimics.

Despite having to endure brutal battle scenes repeatedly, Blunt had the time of her life filming Edge of Tomorrow.

“I absolutely adored it. It broke my body in half, but I’d be willing to do it again to work with those boys who I love. So let’s see,” she teased.

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Tom Cruise confirms two more Mission: Impossible instalments are in the works

Tom Cruise has confirmed that he will film the next two Mission: Impossible movies back-to-back, ahead of releases in 2021 and 2022. On Monday (14Jan18), it was reported that Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed the fifth and sixth instalment…

Tom Cruise has confirmed that he will film the next two Mission: Impossible movies back-to-back, ahead of releases in 2021 and 2022.

On Monday (14Jan18), it was reported that Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed the fifth and sixth instalments, 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, had signed on to continue as writer and director of the seventh and eighth chapters, which would be shot back-to-back and be released in the summers of 2021 and 2022.

Cruise, who has played IMF agent Ethan Hunt in the action franchise since 1996, confirmed the news on Twitter by sharing a video of the M:I logo with fuses burning at both sides. In the caption, he wrote, “Summer 2021 and Summer 2022.”

McQuarrie also confirmed his returning roles by tweeting, “Missions: Accepted #MissionImpossible” and sharing Cruise’s post.

The news comes six months after the release of Fallout, which made more than $790 million (£614 million) at the global box office, a franchise best, and was the best-reviewed instalment so far.

McQuarrie, who won an Oscar for writing 1995 movie The Usual Suspects, will now set to work on developing the script while Cruise finishes shooting Top Gun: Maverick, in which he reprises his role of Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell more than 30 years after his original outing in 1986’s Top Gun. The sequel is set for release in June 2020.

Bosses at Paramount Pictures used to switch up directors of the Mission franchise with each instalment, but seemed to have settled on McQuarrie since 2015. He has also worked closely with Cruise at other points in his career – writing and directing his 2012 movie Jack Reacher and serving as scribe for his movie The Mummy, Valkyrie and Edge of Tomorrow.

According to Variety, Mission: Impossible is likely to begin filming later in 2019. It is not yet known if franchise regulars Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Rebecca Ferguson will return.

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Emily Blunt turned down Edge of Tomorrow sequel for Mary Poppins

Emily Blunt had to turn down a sequel to her 2014 movie Edge of Tomorrow to star in Mary Poppins Returns. The 35-year-old actress revealed a follow-up to the sci-fi movie was in the works, and that her co-star Tom Cruise personally asked her to repris…

Emily Blunt had to turn down a sequel to her 2014 movie Edge of Tomorrow to star in Mary Poppins Returns.

The 35-year-old actress revealed a follow-up to the sci-fi movie was in the works, and that her co-star Tom Cruise personally asked her to reprise her role as Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski.

However, she had to turn down the Hollywood superstar’s request as she was heading off to shoot the Disney reboot, alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda.

“It’s a lot for all the stars to align for everyone to be free at the same time and available to do it at the same time,” Blunt told IndieWire. “They asked me to do (it) two months before I started Mary Poppins. Tom was like, ‘Can you go this autumn?’ and I was like, ‘No, I can’t go, I’m playing Mary Poppins for like a year, dude! I can’t do Edge of Tomorrow.’”

After shooting Mary Poppins Returns, the mother-of-two went off to film horror movie A Quiet Place with her husband, John Krasinski, while Cruise filmed another Mission: Impossible instalment.

Blunt, however, is hoping she’ll be able to make time in her schedule to star in Edge of Tomorrow 2.

“(Director) Doug Liman has got an awesome idea and he’s excited and they just need to write it,” she said. “There has been a script, but now I gather there’s another one in the works.”

Blunt recently revealed that she had banned her daughters Hazel, four, and Violet, 21 months, from watching her new scary movie until “they’re 50”.

And despite Krasinski writing and directing the project, she confessed she wasn’t keen to take on the role at first.

“I’d previously suggested a friend of mine for the film, and then I read his script and I was like, ‘You need to fire her now. Like, you need to call her and fire her now’,” she laughed.

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