It’s The “Right Stuff” With Tits

Producers Scott Mednick and David S. Ward are teaming on a feature film about the secret women’s space program in 1960 reports Variety.

Based on Margaret A. Weitekamp’s acclaimed and very detailed “Right Stuff, Wrong Sex”, the story deals with the Mercury 13, a group of women who underwent some of the same physiological screening tests as male astronauts for a privately-funded program.

The action unfolds against the context of the Cold War and the rise of the women’s movement in America. Despite passing strenuous physical exams and the Russians beating them to the punch two years later in 1963, it would be another twenty years before an American women was able to fly outside Earth’s atmosphere.

The film is also expected to deal with the rivalry between aviation titans Jackie Cochran and Jerrie Cobb. Cochran financed the program while Cobb was the first to be tested and helped recruit it.