“Aviator, astronaut, husband, father, reluctant hero” — that’s how a brand new documentary describes its title topic, the primary man to step foot on the moon.
“Armstrong,” from Tin Goose Movies, goals to inform the story of Neil Armstrong, from his youth to his command of the primary lunar touchdown and what got here after his return to Earth. The function movie, now in manufacturing, is due out within the spring.
“We sit up for seeing the movie dropped at audiences around the globe in 2019 as a part of the 50-year Apollo 11 anniversary celebrations,” stated producer Keith Haviland in an announcement. [Constructing Apollo (Pictures)]
To convey Armstrong’s life to the display, Haviland has partnered once more with the filmmakers behind “Mission Management: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo” and “The Final Man on the Moon,” the latter a 2014 documentary about Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan. Tin Goose Movies unites Haviland Digital, Mark Stewart Productions and Hays Movies.
David Fairhead, who directed 2017’s “Mission Management,” is helming “Armstrong.” Tim Craig, who shot “Final Man on the Moon,” is cinematographer, with assist from air-to-air photographer John Dibbs (“Mercury 13“). Gareth Dodds, who labored on each area movies, joins Haviland as a producer.
Not like “Final Man,” which was filmed with Cernan’s full participation previous to his demise in 2017, “Armstrong” is being made with out the advantage of its topic. Neil Armstrong died in 2012 on the age of 82.
As a substitute, the brand new documentary depends on archived interviews with the Gemini eight and Apollo 11 astronaut, in addition to new remarks from Armstrong’s family and friends, in addition to retired and present astronauts.
“What have been the explanations that he was the one and the others have been rejected?” says Michael Collins, Armstrong’s Apollo 11 crewmate, in a trailer for the movie, referring to Armstrong’s choice to guide the primary moon touchdown. “In case you take the quick view, it was most likely that he was the most effective certified.”
“He had been a fight pilot throughout Korea, he proved his metallic there,” says Collins. “He was flying the X-15 [rocket plane] and that put him above and past all the remainder of the candidates.”
“If you wish to take an extended view, and also you wish to think about what was he going to be like after the flight? That was equally vital. He wasn’t going to exit and drink an excessive amount of or make a idiot of himself, he was a straight arrow,” Collins says.
David Scott, Armstrong’s Gemini eight crewmate, and flight administrators Chris Kraft and Gerry Griffin additionally contributed new on-camera interviews for the movie.
As well as, “Armstrong” will use residence movies and archival belongings from each NASA and the Armstrong Archives at Purdue College in Indiana to convey viewers a extra intimate view of the astronaut who typically prevented the limelight. The house movies haven’t been considered by anybody outdoors the Armstrong household till now.
“We’re delighted to be near ending a movie we expect can be dramatic, shifting and deeply human,” Haviland stated.
See the trailer for Tin Goose Movies documentary “Armstrong” at collectSPACE.