Hollywood is headed into space.
Before the pandemic, a hot news story announced Tom Cruise and Doug Liman teaming up to make a movie in space with Space Entertainment Enterprise (S.E.E), their co-producers on the project. Now, S.E.E. has unveiled plans to build a space station module that contains a sports and entertainment arena as well as a film studio—by December 2024.
The plan is to invite creatives to the station, hold film premieres, sporting events, and license the place to third parties. There are no prices available, but I don't think people in my tax bracket will be up there any time soon.
So who's building this thing? Axiom Space, which has NASA’s approval to build a commercial component of the International Space Station (ISS), will undertake the construction of the SEE-1 space station. The idea is to finish by 2024, dock with the ISS, and then break apart and be fully operational on its own by 2028.
I am not a scientist, so I have no idea if any of this is possible, but these companies say it is, so I guess we have to wait and see. The environment will be microgravity, which means you can float around but not be fully weightless.
Founders of S.E.E., Dmitry and Elena Lesnevsky, said in a statement, “SEE-1 is an incredible opportunity for humanity to move into a different realm and start an exciting new chapter in space. It will provide a unique, and accessible home for boundless entertainment possibilities in a venue packed with innovative infrastructure which will unleash a new world of creativity. With worldwide leader Axiom Space building this cutting-edge, revolutionary facility, SEE-1 will provide not only the first, but also the supreme quality space structure enabling the expansion of the two trillion-dollar global entertainment industry into low-Earth orbit.”
Richard Johnston, COO of S.E.E., said, “From Jules Verne to Star Trek, science fiction entertainment has inspired millions of people around the world to dream about what the future might bring. Creating a next-generation entertainment venue in space inspire opens countless doors to create incredible new content and make these dreams a reality.”
We only have a few short years to wait to see where this all takes us. I think it's an exciting venture that could prove to be very interesting to watch come together and to see what movies, TV, and content they produce. I think it will be distracting at first. It's hard to separate watching a story and knowing they are actually in space. But I'm excited to see where this takes us. And hopefully, everyone is safe doing it.