Director Will Gluck (Easy A) is in talks to helm the adaptation of Ben Mezrich’s latest book Sex on the Moon. Mezrich is no stranger to film adaptations, as his book The Accidental Billionaires was adapted by Aaron Sorkin into the Oscar-winning screenplay for The Social Network. Social Network producers Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, as well as executive producer Kevin Spacey are collaborating once again for Sex on the Moon.
24 Frames reports that Gluck, who is busy putting the finishing touches on the Justin Timberlake/Mila Kunis vehicle Friends with Benefits, is currently in talks with Sony to direct the stranger-than-fiction story of a 25-year-old NASA scientist who hatches a plan to heist moon rocks in order to impress his girlfriend. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the book, which hits stores this July.
Thad Roberts, a fellow in a prestigious NASA program had an idea—a romantic, albeit crazy, idea. He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally.
Thad convinced his girlfriend and another female accomplice, both NASA interns, to break into an impregnable laboratory at NASA—past security checkpoints, an electronically locked door with cipher security codes, and camera-lined hallways—and help him steal the most precious objects in the world: the moon rocks.
But what does one do with an item so valuable that it’s illegal even to own? And was Thad Roberts—undeniably gifted, picked for one of the most competitive scientific posts imaginable, a possible astronaut—really what he seemed?
Mezrich has pored over thousands of pages of court records, FBI transcripts, and NASA documents and has interviewed most of the participants in the crime to reconstruct this Ocean’s Eleven–style heist, a madcap story of genius, love, and duplicity that reads like a Hollywood thrill ride.