EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has hired Richard Cordiner to script Spacesuit, based on the book by Nicholas de Monchaux. This tells the true story of the unsung heroes of the Apollo space program — a team of bra and girdle designers from Playtex who successfully built the iconic spacesuit that enabled Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to walk on the moon. This improbable band of outsiders — led by a former TV repairman, a car mechanic, and their crew of spirited seamstresses — accomplished what all the aerospace giants couldn’t. It’s a long way from the shop floor of Playtex to the surface of the moon, and this incredible story tracks how it happened. Marc Shmuger’s Global Produce brought the project to the studio, and Shmuger and Tom McNulty will produce with Alexandra Loewy overseeing development. Kat Likkel and John Hoberg are exec producers and Jon Berg and Racheline Benveniste are overseeing for the studio.
Cordiner works in advertising in San Francisco, but things changed when his script The Shark Is Not Working circulated. He was signed after that by Verve, Kaplan Perrone and attorney Karl Austen, and all this led to a double blind script deal at Warners.
Shmuger’s Global Produce has the Alex Gibney-directed Julian Assange docu We Steal Secrets coming through Focus World and The Spectacular Now from A24.