Disney Nabs 'Ground Control to Major Tom' for Seth Gordon to Direct
It sounds like director Seth Gordon is becoming quite the busy guy in Hollywood. Within the past few months, the director of The King of Kong and Horrible Bosses has found himself attached to two new comedies in the form of Identity Theft with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman and a new project called The Has-Beens, not to mention a Horrible Bosses sequel. Now Disney has picked up a new project with Gordon attached to direct a script from Butter writer Jason Micallef. Ground Control to Major Tom is a new romantic comedy set up at the studio, referencing a sci-fi David Bowie song, but the plot line is secret.
The script must be good since Deadline says Disney paid mid six figures (and plenty of other studios wanted the script too), but we still don't know what it's about. What we do know is that the title references a lyrics in David Bowie's song Space Oddity. For your reference (and musical enjoyment), here's the music video from Bowie's promotional film, Love You Till Tuesday, which was originally released in 1969:
Now, unless the title is being used in a way that's not so obvious, could we be looking at a romantic comedy set in space? Actually, my vision of this film is a romance that blossoms between a NASA ground control operator and a singular astronaut on an isolated mission. The two begin speaking in the off-hours of the mission, only able to speak through the comm system. While that doesn't sound visually interesting, the film could easily be shot to accommodate what it would be like if the two were actually on a date, almost as if they were imagining being with each other. Obviously, this is just speculation on my part, but that sounds like an original and interesting romantic comedy to me. We'll try to keep you posted through development.