Universal is planning a Neil Armstrong biopic titled First Man, which will examine the life of the world's most famous astronaut and the first man to walk on the moon. Damien Chazelle, who wrote and directed the Sundance hit Whiplash, is in negotiations to direct the film. This project has actually been in development for over 10 years, and was at one point going to be made by Warner Bros., with Clint Eastwood to produce and direct.
It looks like the wheels are finally being set in motion with this Universal production. Josh Singer is writing the screenplay, which will be an adaptation of James Hansen's book, First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong. One of the things that makes the book special is that Hansen had full access to Armstrong's family and to NASA while he was writing it. Hansen is co-producing the picture as well.
In addition to Armstrong's pioneering space career, he also had an exciting life before becoming an astronaut, including experience as a Navy bombing pilot, when he flew 78 missions by the age of 23. Armstrong then went on to work as a test pilot before gradually moving to the space program and leading the historic Apollo 11 mission in 1969.
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