NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) competed with the Russian Space Agency to be the first to put a man on the moon. On July 20th, 1969, the race was over. American astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the lunar surface with the Apollo 11 team. This is where he relayed his historic quote, “This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” The space agency followed up the Apollo 11 mission to the moon with Apollo’s 12, 14-17. An 18th mission was in the planning stages, but the government budget for NASA was cut and it never got off the ground, or did it?
Decades old footage has been discovered from NASA’s abandoned Apollo 18 mission, which reveals “there’s a reason we’ve never gone back to the moon.” From the details of the redacted documents and celluloid images, two American astronauts went on a secret mission. What happened? What did they find or what found them?
This is the premise for the upcoming thriller, appropriately titled “Apollo 18,” produced by The Weinstein Company. There is a viral marketing campaign in place; much the same way J.J. Abrams did for “Cloverfield.” The site can be found at: apollo18movie.net.
“Apollo 18” is due to land in theaters on September 2nd of this year. Brian Miller wrote the screenplay from a story by Cory Goodman (“Priest.”) Gonzalo López-Gallego (“Nómadas”) directs.
*FYI: The Apollo 13 mission never landed on the moon’s surface. An onboard explosion forced the astronauts to abort the mission and return to earth. The mission was dubbed a “successful failure.”