Russian space agency Roscosmos announced this May 13th to send actress Yulia Peressild, 36, and director Klim Chipenko, 37, aboard the international space station to make the first fictional film shot in space. . “The departure of the expedition is scheduled for October 5, 2021 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft”, according to a statement from Roscosmos.
The film whose working title is The challenge is a “space drama” according to the Russian space agency. It will be directed by Mr. Chipenko, author of Russian films Kholop, Salyut-7 and Text. The film is co-produced by Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the Russian space agency, who has shown his ambition for Russia to be the first country to shoot a film in space.
In addition to this announcement of the shooting of a film aboard the International Space Station, Russia had previously announced send Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and his assistant Yozo Hirano, responsible for documenting the adventure, to the ISS. The trip will be on December 8 aboard a Soyuz rocket. “The duration of the space travel will be 12 days,” the agency said. “I’m so curious about life in space that I planned to experience it on my own and share it with the world on my YouTube channel,” Yusaku Maezawa commented in a statement from Space Adventures, the intermediary who organized the trip. Roscosmos and Space Adventures had already collaborated between 2001 and 2009 to send extremely wealthy entrepreneurs into space eight times.
The announcements come as space agency Roscosmos has struggled for years and is trying to revive itself after corruption scandals and competition from Elon Musk’s Space X company. The announcement of the resumption of tourist shipments to the ISS comes as Moscow lost in 2020 the monopoly on manned flights held since 2011 and the retirement of the “Space Shuttle” American. Since May 2020, Space X’s rockets and capsules have been able to send astronauts to the station, winning juicy contracts from NASA but also from Europe.
NASA and Elon Musk have confirmed the project. Tom Cruise would go into space with a Space X rocket in the company of his director Doug Liman, who directed him in several films. “It’s not an abstract project, we’re going to do this film! We wouldn’t be talking about it if we hadn’t already settled all the insurance issues”, assures the director.
The film’s budget is $ 200 million but the score could be much higher when you consider that a seat on a Dragon capsule is billed at around $ 50 million per person. Tom Cruise, its director and perhaps a third technician could leave next year for a ten-day mission aboard the International Space Station.