Thursday, December 29, 2016
What type of Neil Armstrong Biopic Do We Want?
News dropped today from THR that Ryan Gosling would be teaming up with director of La La Land, Damien Chazelle, again to star in a biopic film centered around Astronaut legend Neil Armstrong.
According to the article the film will center around the space race to the moon, and Armstrong's part in the Apollo space program from 1961 to 1969. My question is this: Is this the story that should be told for the legendary American hero?
Most people know the story about America's race to the moon, or at least part of it. I was hoping the film might focus on Armstrong's life after he landed on the moon and how he handled the fame. I think Chazelle would be the perfect director to tackle this type of story with what he has done with Whiplash and La La Land. Both of these films dealt with dreams and how to try and handle success or how to succeed.
This is not to say having him direct a film about the space race is something he can't do. The story will still be a great fit. I'm sure we will get a great look at how Armstrong dealt with the pressure of being shot into space and traveling over two hundred thousand miles from Earth. This however has been done before so I was hoping for a different look at the man and his legend.
I'm a history nut, and have the Bachelors to prove it, and this time period with NASA's history in particular is something I have always been fascinated with. I'm all for getting another movie about how we went to the moon with a focus on the man who lead the mission. Gosling will be fantastic in the role and Chazelle will bring a great eye to the project.
What do you think about the project? Would you have rather them focused on another part of Armstrong's life? Comment and let me know.