While The Social Network is busy sweeping award shows left and right, the producers behind the film are gearing up for their next project by teaming with a familiar face. Author Ben Mezrich wrote a book proposal for The Accidental Billionaires which screenwriter Aaron Sorkin then adapted into the screenplay for The Social Network. It appears that Mezrich’s latest book proposal, Sex on the Moon, shows promise as well. Sony has optioned the film rights for Mezrich’s proposal and Social Network producers Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, as well as executive producer Kevin Spacey will collaborate on the project. 24 Frames describes the nonfiction proposal as follows:
“The new film tells the story of Thad Roberts, a once-promising young scientist working for NASA who back in 2004 hatched a crazy plan to steal highly prized moon rocks from his bosses at the Johnson Space Center and sell them on the Internet. The motivation: wanting to impress his girlfriend (i.e., ‘giving her the moon’).”
Mezrich previously penned the book 21, which Spacey snatched up and turned into a film. This project certainly sounds odd, and very much falls under the “stranger than fiction” category. Though at this point last year, the entire online film community was scratching their heads wondering why the hell David Fincher was directing a movie about facebook.