Russia beats Tom Cruise to area (and again) with launch of made-in-orbit movie


It’s not precisely the climax of a Soviet-style area race, however a Russian manufacturing has crushed Tom Cruise to the purpose of constructing a film in Earth orbit.

In October of 2021, filmmaker Klim Shipenko and actor Yulia Peresild spent 12 days aboard the Worldwide House Station, taking pictures scenes for



The Problem

), a drama through which a surgeon (performed by Peresild) should journey to the area station to save lots of the lifetime of a cosmonaut.

Floor-based filming then started in and round Moscow final June, and the finished movie opened in Russia on Apr. 20, taking in 445 million rubles (about $7.5-million) from 1.4 viewers in its opening weekend. The movie shouldn’t be presently taking part in exterior of Russia, though the plan is to increase to some Center Japanese territories on Apr. 27.

Cruise, nevertheless, stays grounded, regardless of having talked for years concerning the notion of travelling to area to shoot a film. Again in 2018, when there have been rumours that the following

Mission: Not possible

sequel may go offworld, he

informed a reporter

he’d “talked about it” with director Christopher McQuarrie, however stated it wasn’t within the playing cards at the moment.

Then in 2020, then NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted: “NASA is worked up to work with @TomCruise on a movie aboard the @Space_Station! We want standard media to encourage a brand new era of engineers and scientists to make @NASA’s formidable plans a actuality.”

The untitled movie, to be directed by Doug Liman, was additionally in talks with SpaceX, and made headlines final fall when Common Footage head Donna Langley

informed reporters

that Cruise deliberate to do a spacewalk whereas filming. That might be the primary for a civilian actor – if it ever involves move.

In the meantime,

The Problem

has been roundly celebrated by Russians, with its poster showing on a brand new postage stamp, and a gala premiere in Moscow final week attended by a number of cosmonauts who have been on the area station throughout taking pictures, and who seem as extras within the movie. The Soyuz capsule that carried Shipenko and Peresild again from orbit was additionally on show.

“This can be a distinctive alternative to fly to area for the 200-ruble [about $4] value of a film ticket,” producer Konstantin Ernst stated at a press convention selling the movie. “Spaceflight prices a reasonably penny, however now you should buy a ticket and end up in area.”

The price of the movie has been reported to be 1.15 billion rubles (about $20 million), shared by Russia’s federal area company Roscosmos, the state-controlled tv community Channel One and manufacturing firm Yellow, Black and White.

Past its leisure worth,

The Problem

is alleged to be geared toward advertising and marketing the Russian area program to a brand new era, and notably ladies. Regardless of the Soviet Union having launched the primary and second ladies into area – Valentina Tereshkova in 1963 and Svetlana Savitskaya nearly 20 years later – Peresild turned simply the fifth Russian lady to orbit the Earth, as in comparison with some 60 American ladies.

“We don’t have many movies the place you may watch [Russian] ladies in area, however there are a variety of American and European astronauts,” she stated. “I’ve been following them and observed one factor. When ladies have just a little curly hair, it flies superbly in zero gravity. So I had 20 elastic bands for my hair, and each evening after washing my hair, I curled my hair on these … bands. That’s why the hair flew so magically. In any other case, it might simply get up like a ball.”

The manufacturing had its share of behind-the-scenes drama and technical points. Since neither

Shipenko nor Peresild are educated astronauts, the three-person Soyuz capsule that carried them to orbit needed to modified to be flown by a single pilot. On arrival on the area station, the automated docking system failed, and commander Anton Shkaplerov needed to swap to handbook management.

Down on the bottom, Sergei Kriklev, former cosmonaut and head of manned packages at Roscosmos, was fired from his submit for talking out concerning the knowledge of sending an actor to area. He was reinstated a number of days later after protests from the general public in addition to the cosmonaut corps.

And for all that,

The Problem

isn’t even the primary movie with scenes shot off Earth. That honour goes to the 1984 Russian movie

Return from Orbit,

which featured scenes set in area however with out the advantage of an expert filmmaker. The cosmonauts on Russia’s Salyut 7 area station and a Soyuz spacecraft doubled as each the forged and crew. Cruise would have simply completed making the intercourse comedy

Dangerous Enterprise

on the time, and hadn’t even shot

High Gun


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