Sony Pictures has won an auction for the rights to American astronaut Scott Kelly’s upcoming book “Endurance: My Year in Space.”
Kelly, 52, is the pioneering NASA astronaut who returned to Earth on March 1 after 340 days in space aboard the International Space Station. The story chronicles his early struggles as a C- student, his training as a Navy test pilot and the highly competitive drive both he and his identical twin brother, Mark, underwent to become astronauts.
He retired in April with the record for the most days spent in space for an American with 382 days, which includes previous missions. Mark Kelly is also the husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
The film will be produced by Amy Pascal through her Pascal Pictures company and Elizabeth Cantillon, who produces through the Cantillon Company. Rachel O’Connor will also produce for Pascal Pictures.
Pascal, who ankled as studio chief last year, is a Sony-based producer on the “Ghostbusters” female reboot and the upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Sony-based Cantillon produced Will Smith’s “Concussion” and is producing the upcoming reboot of “Charlie’s Angels.”
David Beaubaire will oversee the project for the studio and Laura Quicksilver will oversee for the Cantillon Company. Kelly’s book, to be written with Margaret Lazarus Dean, will be published in November, 2017, by Knopf.
Scott and Mark Kelly will serve as co-executive producers. Gabby Giffords is a consultant, along with Margaret Lazarus Dean.
Thee deal was negotiated by UTA on behalf of Scott Kelly and New York publishing agent Elyse Cheney, who negotiated the book deal.