Barry Levinson to Direct Kevin Costner’s Apollo 11 Limited Series – Deadline

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EXCLUSIVE: Barry Levinson is committed to directing a limited television series to be produced by Kevin Costner, and has just 24 years Stephen Kronish and Zodiac producer Mike Medavoy.

The Oscar winner behind Rain Man, Hello, Vietnam and Dinner is put at the helm A giant leap, a series that will tell the story of the moon landing.

The project is written and presented by Kronish, who was a producer and screenwriter on 24 between seasons three and seven, and was also executive producer of The Kennedys minseries.

It will look at one of the most historic events in U.S. history from a slightly different perspective, highlighting the personality clashes within the flight team that nearly doomed the mission before it left the mission. launch pad – and how a NASA psychiatrist’s predictions of disaster for astronaut Buzz Aldrin were ignored by his superiors. The series will also look at the Soviet Union’s attempt to destroy Apollo 11 on its way to the moon, and America’s Cold War victory over its Russian foe as well as celebrate the singular moment of accomplishment that has gathered half a billion people around the world.

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The team are now set to approach actors to play the four lead roles of astronauts Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Mike Collins, and NASA psychiatrist Rachel Katherine Ludwig before bringing it to market.

Levinson recently directed and produced by running Hulu’s Sick and previously directed and produced by HBO Paterno and The magician of lies as well as the NBC series Shades of blue.

Executive producers include Costner, Medavoy, via his Phoenix Pictures, Benjamin Anderson (The long road home), former Sony boss Sir Howard Stringer, and Atrium TV and DRG founder Jeremy Fox, both of whom now run Thoroughbred Productions.

“I thought I knew the story of Apollo 11. After reading this script, it’s even more dramatic, absolutely fascinating and definitely more human,” Levinson said.

“It is the tale of the moon landing as more than one of the most astonishing scientific achievements in history, but as the triumph of too human beings over their own flaws,” Kronish added.

“I’m really excited to bring this creative group together. I was fortunate enough to have worked with Barry on Bugsy and with Kevin on Dance with the wolves. Collaborating on this project is a great opportunity to bring Steve Kronish’s work to life, ”said Medavoy.


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