EXCLUSIVE: Verve has signed screenwriter Allison Schroeder, who with director Ted Melfi wrote the script for Hidden Figures, the Fox 2000 drama about the unsung black female mathematicians who helped make possible NASA’s early manned space missions. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner.

The script was adapted from the Margot Lee Shutterly book that told how Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, an elite team of black female mathematicians, helped win the all-out space race against the Soviet Union, while at the same time making strides for equal rights. Schroeder recently received adapted screenplay nominations in the Critic’s Choice and Satellite Awards. The film will qualify for awards season in limited December 25 release before opening wide January 6.

Schroeder bore a strong connection to the subject matter. She grew up in Florida, where both her grandmother and grandfather worked as NASA engineers in the 1960s and ’70s. She interned in the NASA Nurtures Math and Science Program for four years during high school and for a missile launch company following her freshman year at Stanford. She separately created the musical series Side Effects for Awesomeness TV, and Paramount acquired her spec script Agatha, an action-adventure story that explores what happened to Agatha Christie when the whodunit writer went missing for 11 days.

Schroeder is Co-Chair of the Women’s Committee at the WGA and a member of the WGA Diversity Advisory Group. She will continue to be repped by Good Fear Film + Management and Ginsburg Daniels.