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Eadie
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:46 pm    Post subject: The Right Stuff (National Geo 2020) Reply with quote

National Geographic, in partnership with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, has greenlit to series an adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s 1979 book The Right Stuff, which recounts the early days of the U.S. space program and its astronauts.

Using Wolfe’s book as a jumping-off point, the first season begins in 1958, the height of the Cold War, with the Soviets leading the space race and the U.S. launching NASA’s Project Mercury. The best-selling book was previously adapted into a feature film in 1983.

The show is described as taking “a clear-eyed, non-nostalgic look at the lives of these ambitious astronauts and their families, who became instant celebrities in a competition that would either kill them or make them immortal.” Following seasons will follow the Apollo Space Program, the moon landing, and other missions.

“The behind-the-scenes stories of the astronauts in Tom Wolfe’s bestseller The Right Stuff are engaging, provocative and timeless,” said Carolyn Bernstein, National Geographic’s executive vice president of global scripted content and documentary films, in a statement. “The book’s narrative aligns perfectly with the qualities that we look for in scripted projects: fact-based, wildly entertaining and pushing the limits of human achievement.”

DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson will executive produce. Mark Lafferty will serve as executive producer and showrunner. David Nutter will direct and executive produce the premiere episode. Will Staples has also been tapped to executive produce.

Production is slated to begin this fall.

National Geographic and Appian Way have previously partnered on climate change documentary “Before the Flood.”

Separately, Nat Geo announced at the Television Critics Assn. press tour on Sunday that it would be the new network home of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.”

“I’m so proud to have joined the National Geographic family, whose brand is synonymous with adventure,” said Grylls in a statement. “Sharing an epic wilderness journey with these world-renowned celebrities and getting to know the human side of them along the way is the magic of this show. Ultimately, we aim to inspire people to break free from their comfort zones and embrace the adventurous spirit that we all possess.”

The new season is in production and will premiere in December.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:23 am    Post subject: Re: The Right Stuff (National Geo 2019) Reply with quote

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Thanks, Eadie! Very Happy

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The show is described as taking “a clear-eyed, non-nostalgic look at the lives of these ambitious astronauts and their families, who became instant celebrities in a competition that would either kill them or make them immortal.”

I hope I'm wrong, but doesn't the "non-nostalgic" approach sort of take the fun out of it? Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sooo true!

The original movie totally ignored Project Gemini. Let's just hope the series doesn't!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:55 pm    Post subject: The Right Stuff (National Geo 2020) Reply with quote

https://tvline.com/2019/06/14/the-right-stuff-jake-mcdorman-joe-dempsie-nat-geo-series-cast/

National Geographic’s space race just recruited a few more participants. Jake McDorman (Murphy Brown) and Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones) are among six actors newly cast in The Right Stuff, the cabler’s upcoming NASA drama.

Adapted from Tom Wolfe’s 1979 book of the same name, The Right Stuff tells the story of NASA’s Project Mercury, which ignited a space race with the Soviets and made instant celebrities of the Mercury Seven, a group of the military’s test pilots. “At the heart of a historic drama populated by deeply human characters,” the logline reads, “two archrivals — Maj. John Glenn and Alan Shepard — jockey to be the first man in space.”

McDorman will play the “furiously competitive” Alan Shepard, who is one of the best test pilots in Navy history. Dempsie, meanwhile, will portray Lt. Gordon Cooper, the youngest of the Mercury Seven, who was recruited to everyone’s surprise.

The project has also cast Aaron Staton (Mad Men) as Wally Schirra, a competitive pilot with a gift for pulling pranks; James Lafferty (One Tree Hill) as Scott Carpenter, a soulful man dubbed “The Poet” by his fellow astronauts; Micah Stock (Bonding) as Deke Slayton, a taciturn but intelligent pilot and engineer; and Michael Trotter (Underground) as Gus Grissom, a no-nonsense test pilot who eventually becomes the second man in space.

As previously reported, Suits vet Patrick J. Adams will star in The Right Stuff as John Glenn. The drama’s executive producers include Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson (The Revenant), while Mark Lafferty (Castle Rock) will serve as showrunner.

The Right Stuff is slated for a 2020 premiere

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The movie's nostalgic attitude was emotionaly the right way to tell the story.

Too many movies take todays cynical approach. We don't need another movie telling us how political the era was. We know that. We need the "feeling"....Not the reality.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Based on all that we know about this production, I guess I should move it to TV Shows in Other Genres.

Anybody disagree? Confused

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