Let's Do Space
SHOOTING STARS IN THE SKIES
Someday soon an actor could utter the phrase ”Beam me up, Enterprise!” — and really mean it. Just ask the folks at SPACE MEDIA INC.(spacehab.com), who expect to offer Hollywood the chance to make movies in orbit. They say they have Moscow’s okay to do it on the Enterprise, a bus-size module they’ll link to the International Space Station’s Russian components in 2003. SMI, whose sites already provide educational content (starsacademy.com) and access to once-classified Soviet space photos (www. spacemediainc.com), says it’s been approached by film, music, and TV folk eager to produce everything from newscasts to rock concerts from space. ”We’ve had so much science fiction that’s run ahead of science fact that people are wondering why they can’t go at warp drive up there,” says CEO Shelley A. Harrison, who’s met with filmmaker James Cameron as well as ‘N Sync and ex-Backstreet Boys patriarch Lou Pearlman (whose latest group, Natural, played in April at the shuttle program’s 20th anniversary). Though it has yet to name prices, SMI expects to easily recoup the $100 million it’s spending to launch the studio. Does Dennis Tito have an agent?