Ben Mezrich (21: Bringing Down the House), the writer on whose book (The Accidental Billionaires) the movie is based, is teaming up with “Network” producers for a new film called Sex on the Moon.
Sony, which released both “The Social Network” and “21,” has optioned the rights to Mezrich’s proposal and will join forces on Sex on the Moon with Social Network4 awarded producers Scott Rudin (No Country for Old Men, Revolutionary Road), Michael De Luca (Brothers, Drive Angry 3D) and Dana Brunetti as well as executive producer Kevin Spacey , to the big screen.
So what is Mezrich’s Sex on the Moon about?
Thad Roberts, a fellow in a prestigious NASA program had an idea — a romantic, albeit crazy, idea. He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally. Thad convinced his girlfriend and another female accomplice, both NASA interns, to break into an impregnable laboratory at NASA’s headquarters — past security checkpoints, an electronically locked door with cipher security codes, and camera-lined hallways — and help him steal the most precious objects in the world: the moon rocks.”
Mezrich has pored over thousands of pages of court records, FBI transcripts, and NASA documents and has interviewed most of the participants in the crime to reconstruct this Ocean’s Eleven–style heist, a madcap story of genius, love, and duplicity that reads like a Hollywood thrill ride.
Even though I’m not familiar with this moon rock story, it sounds so charming and fun! Following in the footsteps of “21” and “The Social Network” it seems to work great. Don’t you think so?