Fans of the Academy Award winning La La Land won’t have to wait long to see director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling re-team for another project. As we learned back in December, the pair are set to make a biopic about the life of legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong next.
The movie, which will be titled First Man, is based on author James Hansen’s book First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong. And now an official release date has been locked in, with Universal Pictures announcing plans to release the film on October 12, 2018.
Here’s a description of the book the movie is based on from Amazon:
Marking the forty-fifth anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing, First Man by James Hansen offers the only authorized glimpse into the life of America’s most famous astronaut, Neil Armstrong””the man whose “one small step” changed history.
“The Eagle has landed.”
When Apollo 11 touched down on the moon’s surface in 1969, the first man on the moon became a legend. In First Man, Hansen explores the life of Neil Armstrong. Based on over fifty hours of interviews with the intensely private Armstrong, who also gave Hansen exclusive access to private documents and family sources, this “magnificent panorama of the second half of the American twentieth century” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) is an unparalleled biography of an American icon.
Upon his return to earth, Armstrong was honored and celebrated for his monumental achievement. He was also””as James R. Hansen reveals in this fascinating and important biography””misunderstood. Armstrong’s accomplishments as engineer, test pilot, and astronaut have long been a matter of record, but Hansen’s unprecedented access to private documents and unpublished sources and his interviews with more than 125 subjects (including more than fifty hours with Armstrong himself) yield this first in-depth analysis of an elusive American celebrity still renowned the world over.
In a riveting narrative filled with revelations, Hansen vividly recreates Armstrong’s career in flying, from his seventy-eight combat missions as a naval aviator flying over North Korea to his formative transatmospheric flights in the rocket-powered X-15 to his piloting Gemini VIII to the first-ever docking in space. These milestones made it seem, as Armstrong’s mother Viola memorably put it, “as if from the very moment he was born””farther back still””that our son was somehow destined for the Apollo 11 mission.”
For a pilot who cared more about flying to the Moon than he did about walking on it, Hansen asserts, Armstrong’s storied vocation exacted a dear personal toll, paid in kind by his wife and children. For the forty-five years since the Moon landing, rumors have swirled around Armstrong concerning his dreams of space travel, his religious beliefs, and his private life.
In a penetrating exploration of American hero worship, Hansen addresses the complex legacy of the First Man, as an astronaut and as an individual. In First Man, the personal, technological, epic, and iconic blend to form the portrait of a great but reluctant hero who will forever be known as history’s most famous space traveler.
The movie will focus mainly on the story of Armstrong becoming the first man to set foot on the moon, as well as the many dangers the Apollo 11 crew faced in accomplishing their mission.
The screenplay for First Man is penned by Josh Singer, who has written numerous episodes of The West Wing, Lie to Me, and Fringe, as well as the scripts for The Fifth Estate and Spotlight, the latter of which winning him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.