Posted on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 by Peter Sciretta
In January it was announced that The Social Network producers Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti would reteam to produce an adaptation of author Ben Mezrich‘s (who wrote The Accidental Billionaires, upon which The Social Network was based) new book proposal Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History. A director has been hired to bring the book to the big screen.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Easy A/Friends with Benefits director Will Gluck is in talks to helm the film adaptation. It’s one of those stories that sounds too crazy to actually be true, but it is. The story follows a NASA employee who stole and attempted to sell pieces of the moon, in part to impress his girlfriend.
Previously from Russ:
The subject is Thad Roberts, once a young scientist at NASA. With the help of a college friend, he concocted a scheme to sell samples of rock taken from the moon — mega-rare finds for geoglogists, essentially the holy grail for mineral enthusiasts. And, it should be noted, completely illegal to possess. They found a buyer, and with the help of two young women — one of them his girlfriend — Mr. Roberts broke into his mentor’s lab and stole a safe containing the moon samples. But the delivery to the prospective buyer became complicated, as the FBI had been looped in. As you might expect, the federal government does not take lightly to the theft of sensitive materials.
Read the details in Michael Goldstein’s 2004 article at the LAT; it’s a weird, great story with enough character that you can almost see the movie playing out as you read. We’ll track what happens with the development of this one, because it could be a solid screen story.