Multi Academy Award nominee Tom Cruise will narrate the first-ever
IMAX 3D space film, SPACE STATION it was announced November 5th by
IMAX Corporation. The giant-screen film documents one of the most
challenging engineering feats and important accomplishments by the
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) since landing a man
on the moon: the construction of the International Space Station.
Scheduled for release in spring 2002, the film is produced by IMAX
Corporation, and presented by Lockheed Martin Corporation, in
co-operation with NASA.
"The minute I saw the amazing 3D footage shot by the astronauts in
space, I knew I had to be involved with this very special film,"
Cruise said. "My family and I have enjoyed IMAX movies for many years
-- particularly the ones about the NASA space programs, and I'm
honored to participate with the SPACE STATION team in this historic
project that documents space pioneers from 16 nations working together
to help build the International Space Station."
Twenty-five astronauts and cosmonauts who were trained as filmmakers
used specially-designed IMAX 3D space cameras to shoot more than
66,000 feet, (or 12 miles) of 65mm film in space between December 1998
and July 2001. This IMAX adventure takes audiences on an incredible
cinematic journey of discovery from the Kennedy Space Center to the
International Space Station orbiting at the speed of 17,500 mph, some
220 miles above Earth.
"We're thrilled that Tom Cruise has agreed to lend his passion for
flight and space, as well as his talents, to this historic film," said
Greg Foster, IMAX's President of Filmed Entertainment." He brings a
special dimension to this exciting project which takes the IMAX 3D
experience to even more spectacular heights. This film will transport
audiences worldwide directly to the Space Station, the first major
international outpost in space, where they will literally feel like
they are in space with the astronauts and cosmonauts, in a way that
only IMAX films can accomplish."
Paula Cleggett, NASA's Deputy Associate Administrator for Public
Affairs added: "On behalf of NASA and the men and women who have been
working, and continue to work, so very hard in bringing the
International Space Station to life, I welcome Tom Cruise to the SPACE
STATION team. His remarkable talent will add tremendously to this
film that will undoubtedly entertain and educate audiences around the
world for many years to come."
"We're excited Tom Cruise has agreed to be part of this first-ever
IMAX 3D space film which continues Lockheed Martin's long-standing
partnership with IMAX and NASA," said Dennis Boxx, Senior Vice
President, Corporate Communications, Lockheed Martin Corporation.
"This film, along with the four other space films Lockheed Martin,
NASA and IMAX have partnered on, will help to educate audiences around
the world on both the importance of space to our planet's future and
the joy of living and working in space."
One of the world's true movie stars, Tom Cruise has acted and/or
produced over 30 films including: Risky Business, Top Gun, The Color
of Money and Rain Man. He received his first Oscar(R) nomination for
Born on the Fourth of July and has gone on to star in A Few Good Men,
The Firm, the Mission: Impossible series, and Jerry Maguire, for which
he received his second nomination. After working on Stanley Kubrick's
last film, Eyes Wide Shut, he earned his third nomination for his work
in Magnolia. He next stars for Cameron Crowe in Vanilla Sky and then
teams with Steven Spielberg in Minority Report.
About the IMAX 3D SPACE STATION film:
Early in 1997, IMAX Corporation, in association with Lockheed Martin
Corporation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA), began a program to develop new IMAX 3D cameras to fly in space
initially for use in connection with a film about the construction of
the International Space Station.
"This is the first time that audiences will have the all encompassing
view that only astronauts and cosmonauts are privileged to experience.
The camera actually puts you right there, with them, moving around and
floating in space," said SPACE STATION producer Toni Myers. "The IMAX
3D footage captures the excitement and magnitude of this amazing
project being built in outer space in a way that no other medium can."
SPACE STATION stars astronauts and cosmonauts from the United States,
Canada, Japan, Russia and Europe, who collectively have spent
thousands of hours in space. The IMAX cameras captured seven Space
Shuttle crews and two resident station crews, as they transformed the
International Space Station into a permanently inhabited scientific
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