'The Help' Director Set to Helm 'In the Event of a Moon Disaster'

June 25, 2014

Apollo 11

While Apollo 13 chronicled a failed trip to the moon after Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on Earth's orbiting satellite, a new film called In the Event of a Moon Disaster will focus on what might have happened if the Apollo 11 mission has turned out to be a disaster. When Pulitzer Prize winning author William Safire passed away in 2009, a speech was discovered amongst his papers called "In Event Of Moon Disaster." Safire was also a speech writer for President Nixon in 1969, and the speech was written with the intention of being delivered if Apollo 11 had a tragic end. So how will a film be centered around the speech?

Well, the screenplay, which made the Black List back in 2011, is inspired by the speech to create a fictionalized alternate reality of the events, likely playing out what would have happened if the moon landing never happened and Apollo 11 failed. Considering how influential the moon landing was from Americans as far as morale and inspiration, it's interesting to think about how the country would have continued in the event of a moon disaster. FilmNation has revealed that The Help and Get on Up director Tate Taylor will direct the film from screenwriter and former journalist Mike Jones with an eye toward shooting early in 2015. Sounds like a peculiar idea, but we're certainly curious to see how it turns out.

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Reader Feedback - 3 Comments


It is still boggling that they pulled the landing off. AND THEY DID.

DAVIDPD on Jun 25, 2014


Well Stanley Kubrick directed it, so I'm not surprised 😉

Benjamin Hunter on Jun 26, 2014


Sounds like a pretty fresh/unique idea. I rather like the notion of 'what if?/alternate history' type of films. Watchmen and Inglourious Basterds are pretty memorable explorations of the idea, and I'm sure there are others(I guess Forrest Gump kind of counts?) So it could be interesting.

Chris Groves on Jun 25, 2014

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