Film to be based on Weitekamp space book
Producer Scott Mednick (“300”) is teaming with David S. Ward (“The Sting”) to develop a feature about the secret women’s space program, based on Margaret A. Weitekamp’s book “Right Stuff Wrong Sex”
Story follows the confrontation between two of aviation’s female titans, Jackie Cochran and Jerrie Cobb, in a battle to send the first woman into space.
The film’s being developed under Mednick’s MTS Films. Also producing is Ruthe Rosaler who along with Jason Rosenberg of Empire Entertainment brought the project to Mednick. Maria Norman, who ran Michael Mann’s Forward Pass for the past five years, will oversee the project for MTS Films.
“This story is a compelling portrait of two incredibly driven women not only set against the creation and ultimate dismantling of the secret Woman in Space program, but within the context of the Cold War and the rise of the women’s movement in America” said Mednick.
Cochran, sometimes called the “Speed Queen,” held a slew of aviation records and became the first woman to go “supersonic” with Chuck Yeager flying her chase plane.
Cobb grew up in the farmland idolizing Cochran and was one of the first women tested for the female Astronaut Program, outscoring a majority of the men. As she made her bid to go into space, she also launched an assault on Cochran’s records and set marks for speed, distance and absolute altitude.
Mednick’s also producing the Milla Jovovich–Julian McMahon thriller “Faces in the Crowd” for Radar Films, Minds Eye Entertainment and Forecast Pictures. He’s producing the live-action reboot of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” for Paramount and is developing a live-action feature version of the “American Gladiators” franchise.
Ward’s credits include “The Milagro Beanfield War,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Major League” and “Fly Boys.”