Plus, consider the fact that the budgets in the list of the 30 most-expensive movies begins at $US220 million - and hey, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides cost Disney a ridiculous $US376.5 million to make.
Falcon 9 is a historical public-private venture which set the U.S. back into the company of human space travel to the very first time in a decade and also the chance to become the very first movie production to make a story movie in distance should have strong appeal for most concerned, particularly Universal Pictures. Don't expect Cruise and Liman to lose their nerve.
Cruise is now working on "Mission: Impossible 7" and was reported last month to be creating a VIP village in Oxfordshire to create a coronavirus-free zone which would allow filming to resume.
Since the project has just been planned, it is too early to say something about the script of the movie.
Stay tuned for updates on this incomparable story as it continues to unfold. Interestingly, while a $200 Million budget is quite large, it is not unheard of, and it is quite likely that the figure will go up much further once the actual logistics of sending the cast and crew into space are worked out. Universal Pictures is the studio home for the project - and they've signed up for an expensive outing without even having seen a script. We will update you with the cast details once it is disclosed by the filmmakers. That's basically what pitching a movie with Tom Cruise in the lead is like. It would be interesting to watch how many parts of the movie will be shot down in the space.
Space film will have unprecedented pre-production that will include training to deal with space travel, but I do not know if these people will be serious and hopeful in the near future.