Primeridian Entertainment has tapped Star Trek vet Nicholas Meyer to script the pilot and treatment for an untitled TV series about the space race between the U.S. and USSR, spanning the end of WWII through the 1960s. The neophyte banner has optioned the rights to Matthew Brzezinski’s Red Moon Rising: Sputnik And The Hidden Rivalries That Ignited the Space Age for the project and is also in talks to enlist Cold War experts like Sergei Khrushchev, son of Nikita Khrushchev, to consult. Series will focus on the competition between superpowers as both countries attempt to build on the Nazis’ V-2 designs to grow their own space programs.
Primeridian is led by Arcadiy Golubovich and Tim O’Hair, who at Cannes launched a feature project based on the life of Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn. They’ll produce and finance the untitled space project themselves. The shingle has also tapped Oscar nominee Roger L. Simon (Enemies: A Love Story, A Better Life) to script The Future Is Now with Golubovich directing. Meyer is best known for helming two Star Trek films (Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) and earned an Oscar nod for adapting The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. His History Channel series based on Houdini: A Mind In Chains: A Psychoanalytic Portrait is in the works with Adrien Brody to star. Meyer is repped by Alan Gasmer and CAA.