“We’ve been approached to do a crewed mission beyond the moon from some private individuals,” Musk said at the time, not providing the names or gender of those individuals. “And they’re very serious about it. We plan to do that, probably in the fourth quarter of next year (2018). That would be on a Dragon 2 spacecraft and a Falcon Heavy rocket, which is due to do its maiden launch this summer.”
The Falcon Heavy’s maiden flight eventually slipped to February of this year and the Dragon crew capsule, currently under development to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, is now scheduled for its first unpiloted test flight date this year.
Theon board is planned for next spring.
In any case, seven months after unveiling plans for the first private-sector piloted moon mission, Musk revealed a revised Mars strategy that included development of the BFR with the long-range goal of replacing the Falcon family of boosters with a single, more powerful launcher.
The new BFR moon mission presumably will replace the original Falcon Heavy flight touted by Musk last year. But again, the company has provided few details.