When it was announced that Ryan Gosling and Damien Chazelle would re-team for another film, the subject matter was proven to be pretty worthy material. Based on James Hansen’s biography First Man: The Life Of Neil A. Armstrong the duo are set to bring the life of one of the greatest astronauts to the big screen. In addition, the film appears to be further solidified with an awards season release date. Per Variety:
Universal has set an awards season release date for “First Man,” starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong with Damien Chazelle directing. The biopic is scheduled to make its theatrical debut on Oct. 12, 2018.
The studio announced the project in late December. Chazelle is directing a script by Oscar-winning “Spotlight” scribe Josh Singer.
Producers are Wyck Godfrey & Marty Bowen (“The Twilight Saga,” “The Fault in Our Stars”) through their Temple Hill Entertainment banner, alongside Chazelle and Gosling. Isaac Klausner (“The Fault in Our Stars”) will executive produce.
DreamWorks Pictures will co-finance the film.
The film is based on James Hansen’s biography “First Man: The Life Of Neil A. Armstrong” and tells the story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong during the years 1961-1969. A first-person account, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost — on Armstrong and on America — of one of the most dangerous space missions in history. Armstrong died in 2012 at age 82.
Chazelle is coming off the euphoric reception of La La Land, so another awards contender could put him in some pretty good company as a director. And besides, this should be an easy production for Chazelle. Because this movie bears all of the hallmarks of a future Oscar contender: Previously nominated actor? Check. Biopic? Check. Wunderkind director? Check and mate. I’m calling Best Picture now.