Many would agree that Leonardo DiCaprio has the right stuff. So it makes sense that he is taking The Right Stuff to National Geographic channel in the form of a scripted series.
The Right Stuff began as an investigative novel written by Tom Wolfe about the fighter pilots who tested the early rockets that became the basis for the American space program. Written in 1979, the book was turned into a Best Picture nominated feature film in 1983, directed by Philip Kaufman and starring Sam Shepard, Ed Harris, and Dennis Quaid.
After the success of Before the Flood, a climate documentary produced by DiCaprio and partner Jennifer Davisson's Appian Way Productions, the production company and Nat Geo have started to focus on scripted projects, and The Right Stuff will be the first one.
“Having already had a rich relationship with Leonardo, Jennifer and their production company Appian Way on Before the Flood, I’m excited to work with them in a scripted capacity," said Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Global Networks. "With The Right Stuff, we’re looking at moment in time where the everyday life, the trials and tribulations, of these men was scrutinized in the public. The story gives a peek into the minds and goals of these astronauts seeking exploration and adventure during the space race of the ’50s, making it the perfect story for National Geographic to tell.”
“National Geographic gave Before the Flood an international platform, and we couldn’t think of a better partner to bring The Right Stuff to the world,” added Davisson. “The heroism of these astronauts was rivaled only by the country’s fascination with their story; this series uncovers both the adventure of space exploration and the adventure of being unwittingly thrust into the public eye.”
The Right Stuff is still in development, so there are no names attached yet. But who would you like to see playing the Mercury 7 astronauts?