Damien Chazelle is one busy dude. In addition to his currently-untitled original drama for Apple, his other upcoming series at Netflix, he is also working hard on his biopic First Man, which is sent to chronicle the life of Neil Armstrong, the first man ever to walk on the moon — or at least that is what we thought the movie was when it was first announced. Whenever we hear about a movie that follows a real-life person, we tend to pretty much assume that it’s a biopic.
However, a new report from Boston Globe is here to clear up the whole situation. They had a chance to speak with First Man screenwriter Josh Singer, and in their conversations with them, he revealed that it’s not really a biopic movie, but a mission-based movie.
“This is 100 percent a mission movie. It’s about going to the moon as seen through the eyes of the guy who got there. We have at least five major set pieces that are action, and if your heart rate doesn’t go through the roof, if you’re not gripping the edge of your seat the entire times, I’ll be shocked.”
For me, this is really great to hear. As much as I love movies like La La Land, I always get worried whenever these Oscar darlings start to go off to new things. Sometimes, they tend to stick strictly to more art-house type pictures that, while these movies tend to be very well crafted, they are also more likely to fall a bit more to the dull side of things (Clearly, I’m not he art-house type). With this particular movie, is very clear that Chazelle really wants to create a visceral experience for the audience.
“Damien had a very clear vision from the outset. He said, ‘Can we get across how challenging this was? Can we get across the visceral nature of this?’ The space program has been depicted, tonally, on the softer side in the past,” said Singer. “Damien said, ‘I want to be terrified the entire time.’ It’s one of the earliest things we talked about. Neil’s heroism isn’t because he landed on the moon, it’s because he had the wherewithal to live through it all.”
I, for one, am completely ready to be terrified. Space, as we already know from Alien, has the potential to be the most terrifying thing in the entire universe. Are you looking forward to seeing First Man on the big screen? Let us know your thoughts down below.