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'Star Trek II' Director Taking On 'Red Moon Rising'

Project will tackle U.S./U.S.S.R space race

Nicholas Meyer made Star Trek movies excellent with his directorial (and even writing) work in films like "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" and "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country." And now he's going for a real space race.

Meyer is set to adapt the "Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries That Ignited the Space Age" for television, scripting a pilot episode. "Red Moon Rising" is a non-fiction book by Matthew Brzezinski first released in 2008 based on the author's interviews and research into the battle between the United States and the then Soviet Union to see who would get to space first.

Meyer, according to Deadline.com, is going even further in his research for the pilot, looking to attract such consultants as Nikita Khrushchev's son, Sergei Khruschchev.

The project was optioned by Primeridian Entertainment, a company already working on another space race-based project, but focused more on Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Meyer, who earned an Oscar nomination in 1977 for "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution," is currently working on directing a drama from writer Christine Olsen called "Love Affair" that's scheduled for a 2014 release. Meyer has also been nominated for three Emmys over the years, beginning in 1976 for "The Night That Panicked America," and most recently in 1997 for "The Odyssey."

No casting or other producers have been announced for the project, and no cable channel or television network is yet attached.

Source: Deadline

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