Amazon Studios is reportedly developing the limited event series “Mercury 13” which sounds essentially like a female spin on “The Right Stuff”.
Based on Martha Ackmann’s novel “The Mercury 13,” the story is set in 1961 and tells the story of a group of female crackerjack pilots and patriots who underwent secret testing to become the first American female astronauts.
Though they sacrificed much and passed their tests at the Lovelace Foundation, NASA and Capitol Hill never let them progress. The USSR sent its first woman into space in 1963, but the United States did not follow suit for another twenty years.
Bradley Whitford, Amy Pascal, Adena Chawke and Tim and Trevor White will executive produce the project.
Source: Amazon Studios