Doug Liman To Direct Tom Cruise’s Spacefaring Film with Elon Musk And NASA

When we found out Tom Cruise would be teaming with Elon Musk’s SpaceX for a movie literally filmed in space (!!!), the list of directors we thought he would trust for this was exceptionally small. Chris McQuarrie, sure. Joe Kosinski, maybe. Doug Liman? Definitely. Turns out, it’s Liman who got the call and he’ll be blasting off with Cruise on what is sure to be a groundbreaking project.

Deadline reports Liman will direct Cruise’s outer space adventure, which also has NASA on board to lend their expertise. Liman and Cruise have history, of course, having worked together on Edge of Tomorrow and most-recently American Made. Liman has been involved with a potential Edge of Tomorrow sequel, as well as a movie titled Luna Park which has been in development for a while and has Cruise attached.

Liman’s involvement in this space-faring movie isn’t a coincidence as he’s apparently been involved since the beginning and has already completed early work on a script. There’s going to be a lot of legwork done on this one so it could be a long time before launch. And that should work out because Liman still has post-production on Chaos Walking to finish. Cruise has Top Gun: Maverick coming up, and shooting on the delayed Mission: Impossible 7 should resume later this summer.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.