Fox is going for a new take on space race with a drama from writer Eli Attie (The West Wing), Pete Berg and Sarah Aubrey’s Film 44 and 20th Century Fox TV. The untitled project, from 20th Century Fox TV where Attie is under an overall deal, has received a script commitment with penalty. It falls under a deal Film 44 inked with the Fox network at the beginning of the summer. Written by Attie, the present-day drama us about a space race — but between people instead of nations, as two wildly ambitious egos with a long and ugly personal history battle to control the future of space exploration. Attie, Berg and Aubrey executive produce.

This marks Attie’s return to Fox after serving as co-executive producer on the network’s long-running medical drama House. Before that, the former Al Gore Chief Speechwriter worked on two Aaron Sorkin series, the Emmy-winning The West Wing, on which he spent five years, and Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip. On the feature side, Attie, repped by WME and Jackoway Tyerman, was named to the 2009 Black List. Berg executive produces two HBO series whose pilots he directed, Leftovers, which was recently renewed for a second season, and the upcoming Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson. Film 44 is with WME.

NBC had 1960s space race comedy Mission Control slated for a six-episode run but the network opted to pull the plug on the project earlier this week.