Ryan Gosling and Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong Biopic Gets a Release Date
Following the box office success of their first collaboration, La La Land, actor Ryan Gosling and Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle are reuniting for a Neil Armstrong biopic called First Man. In case you were asleep in history class or have somehow just awoken from an almost fifty-year coma and are just catching up on the major events of the 20th century, Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon during NASA's Apollo 11 mission back in 1969.
THR says that Universal has slotted Chazelle's film for an October 12, 2018 release, which is prime territory for a potential Oscar run should the studio be interested in pursuing something like that with this film (the release date would indicate that they think it has a shot at a trophy or two).
Written by Josh Singer (Spotlight), the drama is described as a visceral, first-person account of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on the years 1961-1969 and Armstrong, the astronaut who became the first man to set foot on the moon. Based on the book by James R. Hansen, the pic will explore the sacrifices and the cost — on Armstrong and on the nation — of one of the most dangerous missions in history.
Sounds pretty damn fantastic to me. I think I speak for many of us when I say that I don't know much at all about Armstrong's life aside from his monumental achievement, and separate from that, it'll be interesting to see what Chazelle does with a screenplay that he didn't write himself.