It’s been just over two years since Neil Armstrong left this planet for the afterlife, and eleven years since discussions first began for the legendary astronaut to get his own biopic. Thankfully, there has been some positive movement, as production company Temple Hill is in talks with festival-friendly director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) to helm First Man.
First Man is based on James Hansen’s 2005 biography First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong, and will presumably cover Armstrong’s military career going into his work at NASA, where he did that whole “first man to walk on the moon” business. Armstrong was an accomplished Navy bomber, taking over 70 missions during the Korean War, all before he was 23 years old. He went on to do test piloting for the Air Force for a while before being brought in to NASA for the Gemini and Apollo programs. And it was on the Apollo 11 mission, with fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, that Armstrong first set foot on the moon, uttering those now-unforgettable words.