Chazelle’s “First Man” Is Not A Biopic

Following his success with “La La Land,” filmmaker Damien Chazelle signed on to helm the Neil Armstrong film “First Man” starring Ryan Gosling as the famed astronaut who was the first to step on the moon.

Until now the film has seemingly been pitched as a biopic, but a recent interview in The Boston Globe with the film’s screenwriter Josh Singer, he indicates Chazelle isn’t approaching it like that. Rather expect something with more of an action/thriller survival take ala “Gravity”:

“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. 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.

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.”

Claire Foy, Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, and Jon Bernthal also star in the film which will be released October 12th.