Jessica To Produce 1960s NASA Event Series

Deadline is reporting that Jessica has teamed with Sully writer Todd Komarnicki and TV producer Christina Wayne (Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here) for Mercury 13 (working title), an event series project set at ITV Studios America, where Wayne’s Assembly Entertainment has a pod deal.

The original report was updated, but Deadline initially reported that Jessica would possibly star in the series as well but this seems to be removed. Yahoo! is still reporting it.

Jessica will executive produce ia her production company Freckle Films. Komarnicki, who will write the project, executive produces via Guy Walks Into A Bar, alongside Assembly Entertainment’s Wayne.

In 1961, while the world was making heroes of the Mercury 7 astronauts, leading scientist William Randolph Lovelace II, who had helped develop the tests for NASA’s male astronauts, embarked on a secret experiment… to see if sending women to space was an equally viable option. He sought out 13 of the most daring and determined female pilots in the country, who were willing to risk it all to be part of the space race, and achieve their dream of becoming astronauts. They became known as the Mercury 13.

Thewomen passed the same battery of tests as did the male Mercury 7 astronauts, some even outpacing them. But, without NASA’s cooperation, the tests had to be shut down and, despite the women’s pleas to President John F. Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and a Congress hearing on the issue, women were not allowed into the space program, and it would be more than 20 years before an American woman got to space in 1983. Mercury 13 tells the untold true story of how NASA, the U.S. Congress and the president himself conspired to crush these women’s dreams.

Lindsey