Disney + joins the space race with The Right Stuff, adapted from the iconic book of the same name by journalist Tom Wolfe, which offers us an in-depth look at the beginnings of the space program in the United States. Within [email protected]The producers shared a new clip from the first scripted original series from National Geographic for the Mouse Emporium streaming service.
The panel chaired by Dr. Mae Jemison, a former NASA astronaut, featured interventions by showrunner Mark Lafferty (Genius); executive producer Jennifer Davisson of Appian Way; as well as cast members: Patrick J. Adams (Commander John Glenn), Jake McDorman (Tempting Commander Alan Shepard), Colin O’Donoghue (Captain Gordon Cooper), Michael Trotter (Gus Grissom), Aaron Staton (Wally Schirra), Micah Stock (Deke Slayton), James Lafferty (Scott Carpenter), Nora Zehetner (Annie Glenn), Shannon Lucio (Louise Shepard), Eloise Mumford (Trudy Cooper), Eric Ladin (Chris Kraft) and Patrick Fischler (Bob Gilruth).
The nearly three-and-a-half-minute clip serves as an introduction to the Mercury Program, the first manned space effort in the US in the late 1950s, which paved the way for the eventual Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. In advance we can see the moment when pilot Alan Shepard finds out that he has been accepted into the program and rushes to the briefing. The first season will focus on the history of the « Mercury Seven », those seven original pilots who became the first astronauts of the newly created NASA.
« It seems that, in our country, we have lost a bit of pace in terms of that ability to unite to bring about change, » said showruner Mark Lafferty. « Any story that can remind us that this is one of our defining characteristics that makes other countries turn to see us is important (…) we do great things here. »
Executive producer Jennifer Davisson promised that in an eventual second season they would begin to explore other unpublished stories within the space program. « We will go into the complex things that were happening in our country in regards to the special race and how that really affected what happened on the show, » he explained.
Of course, Tom Wolfe’s work was previously adapted into a little more than three-hour-long historical epic titled The Chosen of Glory in Mexico. Despite being a commercial failure, the 1983 feature film Phillip Kaufman (The Unbearable Lightness of Being) received critical acclaim from critics and garnered four statuettes – Best Editing, Best Soundtrack, Best Sound, and Best Effects Editing. Sound – of the eight nominations he received for the Oscar Awards, including Best Picture.
The Right Stuff is a co-production by Appian Way (the producer of Leonardo DiCaprio) and Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The series will premiere sometime in the fall of this year. You can see the full panel of [email protected] In the following link.
Comic-Con The Right Stuff