Damien Chazelle's LA LA LAND follow-up will have him reteam with Ryan Gosling for a Neil Armstrong Biopic



"Why did you guys build a rocket set. Where are the jazz instruments?"
"Damien this is a Neil Armstrong movie."
"Shit I thought I signed on for Louie Armstrong."


According to Variety, Damien Chazelle has just inked a deal to direct the Neil Armstrong Biopic "First Man." Ryan Gosling, his "La La Land" star, will take part in the project, most probably playing Armstrong himself. 

"Spotlight" scribe Josh Singer will write the screenplay which, again according to Variety,  will be based on "James Hansen’s biography “First Man: A Life Of Neil A. Armstrong” and tells the story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969."

Good idea? I'm mixed on this being Chazelle's follow-up to "La La Land." He's built himself up a solid reputation as a director that tackles musical topics as he did in "Whiplash" and "La La Land," but, I guess, he wants to prove to the industry that he's more than just that. What made his first two films so great was the way he shot the musical sequences in such exciting, new ways. A Neil Armstrong biopic sounds bland, but, if done right, would prove he's the real deal and can tackle stuff outside his safe zone.

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