Before NASA could launch a successful mission to the Moon in 1969 with Apollo 11, scientists and engineers had to figure out certain problems and logistics for the highly risky mission. One of the problems NASA had to tackle was designing a spacesuit for Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, so they could survive the unknown and deadly elements of space and the lunar surface. The problem was solved by an unlikely source, Playtex.
Warner Bros is developing the bra manufactures’ story of designing a spacesuit for NASA into a full-length feature film based on the author Nicholas de Monchaux’s book “Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo.” According to Deadline, the film will follow an unlikely team of former TV repairman, a car mechanic, and their crew of spirited seamstresses who figured out how to properly design a spacesuit for NASA’s manned-missions to the Moon.
There is not much known about the film, but it was also reported that Marc Shmuger (We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks) and Tom McNulty (Date Night, The Rocker) will produce the film for Warner Bros. Shmuger and McNulty have hired screenwriter Richard Cordiner to adapt Nicholas de Monchaux’s book for the big screen. At the moment, there is no director attached to the spacesuit project.
In some ways, this project sounds like a David & Goliath story with a small, unlikely team going up against a big, giant space agency. It also sounds like the space version of the 2008 film Flash of Genius starring Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Dermot Mulroney, and Alan Alda. That was a film based on Robert Kearns, the inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper, and his legal battle against the Ford Motor Company.