TNT Steps Up With Neil Armstrong Biopic Miniseries

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
TNT Steps Up With Neil Armstrong Biopic Miniseries
Portrait of Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing mission in his space suit, with his helmet on the table in front of him. Behind him is a large photograph of the lunar surface.

TNT is developing a miniseries based on the book “One Giant Leap,” which was written by Leon Wagener and published in 2005. The story centers on Neil Armstrong, the NASA astronaut who was known as the first man to walk on the moon. Read on for more details about this story.

Deadline was first to report about TNT’s interest in developing the Neil Armstrong miniseries. The cable network has signed up Al Reinert to adapt the book written by Wagener.  Reinert’s credits include writing for the blockbuster movie “Apollo 13.” He also wrote two episodes of the twelve-part HBO miniseries “From The Earth to The Moon,” specifically the episodes about Armstrong, which aired in 1998. Both projects were about moon landings that starred Tom Hanks.

“One Giant Leap” is intended to be a four-part miniseries, a format that TNT has temporarily abandoned a few years ago in favor of producing season-arc shows. However, as the genre is becoming popular once again, the network has decided to circle back to doing miniseries, picking this story about Neil Armstrong. TNT has aired the miniseries “The Company” and “Salem’s Lot” in the past.

The Armstrong project will be produced by One Television alongside Pooka Entertainment and Content House. John Morayniss, Michael Rosenberg, Kevin Cleary, Patti Vasquez, Josh Morris and Guy Oseary are the executives attached to the show.

“One Giant Leap” takes place in 1969, at a time when Armstrong and his crew were doing preparations for their space mission. Everyone who knew about the mission were in for a daunting and dangerous task that the President of the United States, Richard Nixon, at that time, even asked to have a eulogy prepared for the crew, should something bad happen.

The book is also regarded as the first biography about the famous astronaut, which had stories about his life in Ohio. It also charts his life after the moon landing, where he became quite reclusive and more private.  Armstrong died at age 82 in 2012.

We’ll keep tabs on the development of “One Giant Leap” on TNT here on Movie News Guide (MNG), so come back for more updates.

Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/NASA

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