‘Last Man on the Moon’ Filmmakers Team to Tell First Man’s Story in ‘Armstrong’


“Aviator, astronaut, husband, father, reluctant hero” — that’s how a brand new documentary describes its title topic, the primary man to step foot on the moon.

“Armstrong,” from Tin Goose Films, goals to inform the story of Neil Armstrong, from his youth to his command of the primary lunar touchdown and what got here after his return to Earth. The function movie, now in manufacturing, is due out within the spring.

“We look ahead to seeing the movie delivered to audiences all over the world in 2019 as a part of the 50-year Apollo 11 anniversary celebrations,” mentioned producer Keith Haviland in a press release. [Building Apollo (Photos)]

To carry Armstrong’s life to the display, Haviland has partnered once more with the filmmakers behind “Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo” and “The Last Man on the Moon,” the latter a 2014 documentary about Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan. Tin Goose Movies unites Haviland Digital, Mark Stewart Productions and Hays Movies.

David Fairhead, who directed 2017’s “Mission Management,” is helming “Armstrong.” Tim Craig, who shot “Last Man on the Moon,” is cinematographer, with assist from air-to-air photographer John Dibbs (“Mercury 13“). Gareth Dodds, who labored on each area movies, joins Haviland as a producer.

Apollo 11 astronaut Mike Collins in Tin Goose Films' documentary "Armstrong," coming in Spring 2019.

Apollo 11 astronaut Mike Collins in Tin Goose Movies’ documentary “Armstrong,” coming in Spring 2019.

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In contrast to “Final Man,” which was filmed with Cernan’s full participation prior to his death in 2017, “Armstrong” is being made with out the good thing about its topic. Neil Armstrong died in 2012 on the age of 82.

As an alternative, the brand new documentary depends on archived interviews with the Gemini 8 and Apollo 11 astronaut, in addition to new remarks from Armstrong’s family and friends, in addition to retired and present astronauts.

“What had been the explanations that he was the one and the others had been rejected?” says Michael Collins, Armstrong’s Apollo 11 crewmate, in a trailer for the movie, referring to Armstrong’s choice to steer the primary moon touchdown. “In case you take the brief view, it was in all probability that he was the very best certified.”


“He had been a fight pilot throughout Korea, he proved his metallic there,” says Collins. “He was flying the X-15 [rocket plane] and that put him above and past the entire remainder of the candidates.”

Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong, in NASA archival footage, as seen in Tin Goose Films' documentary, "Armstrong."

Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong, in NASA archival footage, as seen in Tin Goose Movies’ documentary, “Armstrong.”

Credit score: Tin Goose Movies

“If you wish to take an extended view, and also you wish to think about what was he going to be like after the flight? That was equally essential. He wasn’t going to exit and drink an excessive amount of or make a idiot of himself, he was a straight arrow,” Collins says.

David Scott, Armstrong’s Gemini eight crewmate, and flight administrators Chris Kraft and Gerry Griffin additionally contributed new on-camera interviews for the movie.

As well as, “Armstrong” will use dwelling movies and archival property from each NASA and the Armstrong Archives at Purdue University in Indiana to carry viewers a extra intimate view of the astronaut who usually averted the limelight. The house movies haven’t been considered by anybody outdoors the Armstrong household till now.

“We’re delighted to be near ending a movie we predict will likely be dramatic, transferring and deeply human,” Haviland mentioned.

See the trailer for Tin Goose Movies documentary “Armstrong” at collectSPACE.

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'Last Man on the Moon' Filmmakers Team to Tell First Man's Story in 'Armstrong'

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