Tate Taylor to Direct 'In the Event of a Moon Disaster'

Tate Taylor - P 2012
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Tate Taylor - P 2012

FilmNation is producing the movie, based on a speech written by the late William Safire for President Richard Nixon.

Director Tate Taylor is headed for outer space.

Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) has come aboard to direct In the Event of a Moon Disaster for FilmNation from the Blacklist script by screenwriter and former journalist Mike Jones.

The story was inspired by a speech of the same name written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential speechwriter William Safire. Written in 1969, the speech — discovered after Safire's death — was to be read by President Richard Nixon in the event that the Apollo 11 mission to the moon was met with tragedy. The movie will present an alternate version of events to the successful completion of Apollo 11 in July 1969.

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FilmNation is producing the movie alongside Taylor and his producing partner John Norris at Wyolah Films. FilmNation, which developed the project, will also handle international sales.

“Tate is an incredibly talented artist in every sense, and we have been actively searching for the right project to collaborate on. We're thrilled to have found it with Moon Disaster," said FilmNation production executive vp Karen Lunder, who originally brought the project to Tate and Norris.

The project is now out to actors, with principal photography set to begin early next year.

Taylor is currently in postproduction on Get on Up, the James Brown biopic starring Chadwick Boseman.

He and Jones are repped by CAA.