FilmNation Entertainment set The Help‘s Tate Taylor to helm In The Event Of A Moon Disaster, with liftoff scheduled for next year. FilmNation is producing and handling international and Taylor will produce with production partner John Norris. It’s based on a script by Mike Jones, and this premise: when Pulitzer Prize winning author and presidential speechwriter William Safire died in 2009, a speech called “In Event Of Moon Disaster” was discovered in his papers. Written in 1969, the speech was to be read by President Nixon in the event that the Apollo 11 mission to the moon was met with tragedy. That speech is the inspiration for this film which plays out as a fictionalization or alternate reality of the events. Taylor will make it after he completes the James Brown pic Get On Up for Universal. CAA reps Taylor and the scribe.
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