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Russian film beats Tom Cruise epic and filmed in space for the first time (Photo Credit – Facebook)
More than 60 years after the former Soviet Union put the US into orbit with the launch of its Sputnik satellite, a new space race is heating up between the two rivals, reports Variety.com. The Russians plan to produce the first feature film, ‘The Challenge’, to be shot in space before Tom Cruise is released $ 200 million Space epic.
“The Challenge” is the story of a Russian doctor who was sent to the International Space Station to save the life of a cosmonaut. If everything goes according to plan, the production team will embark on a 12-day mission next month to create the historic first.
Last year NASA announced that it was working with Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Tom Cruise to make a film that will be partially shot on board the International Space Station. Directed by Doug Liman, the untitled film is said to have a budget of $ 200 million.
Russian space agency Roscosmos then announced its own plans to make an (literally!) Extraterrestrial movie in hopes of taking off in front of its Hollywood counterpart.
In collaboration between Roscosmos, the public broadcaster Channel One and the leading studio Yellow, Black and White, ‘The Challenge’ is directed by Klim Shipenko, whose blockbuster comedy ‘Son of a Rich’ is Russia’s top-grossing film of all time.
The space film plays Yulia Peresild, an experienced film and stage actress who was cast last spring after a nationwide talent search. The production team completed a crash course in space travel at the Yuri Gagarin Center for Cosmonaut Training earlier this year. On Thursday, a commission of medical and safety experts from the center approved the project.
Shipenko and Peresild are slated to launch into orbit on October 5 in a Soyuz spacecraft piloted by a skilled cosmonaut, Anton Shkaplerov, with a backup crew on standby in case last-minute medical problems arise.
At a press conference in Moscow on Thursday, Peresild said it was “too late” to fear the cosmic task ahead. “If you are afraid of wolves, you shouldn’t go into the forest,” she said, adding: “There’s just no time for fear.”
Konstantin Ernst, CEO of Russian broadcaster Channel One, which commissioned the film, downplayed the notion of a new space race that would heat up the cosmos, noting that “cinema is not sport”.
“We would certainly have preferred to arrive at the International Space Station at the same time as Tom Cruise. We would have much rather shot the film together, ”said Ernst to“ Variety ”.
Comparing the first manned international space mission, jointly carried out by the US and the Soviet Union in 1975, the Russian super-producer added: “Since we have the opportunity to travel there sooner, we will certainly use it. Channel One will broadcast the launch on October 5th and offer live streams in multiple languages on its web platforms.
Ernst described it as “a stunning reality show and an opportunity to attract millions of television viewers”. He added, “At the age of 12 I was a member of the Young Cosmonaut Club in the hope of going into space. For me personally, a childhood dream has come true. “
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