Star Trek director Nicholas Meyer has been tapped to write the pilot for a new Primeridian Entertainment show about the post-World War II space race between the U.S. and Russia, Indiewire is reporting.
The series will cover the collapse of Germany, the mounting tension between the States and the USSR during the Cold War and the superpowers’ technological developments.
Primeridian has optioned Matthew Brzezinski’s book Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries That Ignited the Space Age for the project. The company has also enlisted well-versed consultants to help out with the show’s formation, one of whom is Sergei Khrushchev, the son of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.
Meyer is best known for helming Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for adapting his own novel into the 1976 film The Seven-Per-Cent Solution.