"Here’s one of those stories of outrageous theft that sounds too great to be true. Except that it is true, and full of all the things that make for a great narrative: hope, dreams, criminal activity, and pieces of the moon," according to slashfilms.com based on a project by Ben Mezrich, author of The Accidental Billionaires (which The Social Network was based on) called 'Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History', which follows the odd story of a NASA employee who stole and attempted to sell pieces of the moon, in part to impress his girlfriend.
The Social Network producers Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are teaming up again to do a new project with Mezrich.
The subject is Thad Roberts, a young scientist at NASA , who, with the help of a college friend, dreamed up an illegal scheme to sell samples of rock taken from the moon — mega-rare finds for geoglogists, essentially the holy grail for mineral enthusiasts. They found a buyer, and with the help of two young women — one of them his girlfriend — Roberts broke into his mentor’s lab and stole a safe containing the moon samples. But the delivery to the prospective buyer became complicated, as the FBI had been looped in.
The LA Times says that Sony has optioned the proposal (it’s not even a book yet) and will work with the producers to develop a film based on the material.
The Daily Galaxy via slashfilm.com