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ITV1 has come on board Dangerous Films’ latest big-budget event drama, Moon Shot.
The film will tell the story behind the first manned mission to land on the Moon.
Due to air in summer 2009
, marking the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing, the 90-minute film will combine dramatic reconstruction with CG effects and never-before-seen archive footage from Nasa to create a definitive account of the Apollo 11 mission.
The co-production with ITV1, Discovery Channel, Germany’s ProSieben and TF1 in France
is currently in pre-production and will begin filming in the new year.
Hollywood Babylon creator Tony Basgallop has been lined up to write the script and the ambition is to have a “big American cast” playing the parts of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin.
Dangerous co-founder and director of creative content Richard Dale will serve as exec producer, while Tim Goodchild will produce.
“It’s a fantastic tale when you get into the detail of it,” said Dale. “You’re talking about these two guys who land on the moon but who aren’t speaking to each other.”
The film is the first big ITV1 commission for Dangerous as well as its biggest project to date, with a budget in the range of $5m.
ITV controller of popular -factual Jo Clinton-Davis said: “This ambitious factual drama from a top-quality team will bring a new understanding to a story that gripped the world. We are delighted to be the British partner in this landmark project commemorating a landmark anniversary.”
Dangerous is already working with Nasa on the six-part Discovery Channel series Nasa: the Missions, and has been given unique access to the agency’s archive, including footage shot during the first lunar landing.
“This is the first time these negative originals have been released for 16 years,” said Dan Hall, head of development at Dangerous. “They are taken, under escort, to a special facility and telecined using state-of-the-art HD technology. Watching this stuff, you’ve got to pinch yourself that it’s real.”
International rights have been picked up by BBC Worldwide, which is in the process of tying up pre-sales to Channel 1 in Russia and NTV in Japan.
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