According to Deadline, National Geographic’s The Right Stuff has been renewed for a second season. The NASA series which streams on Disney+ has reportedly been given $13.7 million to move production from Florida to California.
The article states that the move would generate the states $51.8 million in below-the-line wages, vendors, and more. The Right Stuff’s sophomore season is aiming to hire 2,204 background players, 173 cast members, and a crew of 214.
Disney+ has not officially announced a second season for The Right Stuff, however the streaming service has hinted in the past that more seasons are planned for the series.
The Right Stuff is based on the bestselling book by Tom Wolfe. The first season is an inspirational look at the early days of the U.S. Space Program and the iconic story of America’s first astronauts, the Mercury 7.
Produced for National Geographic by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Warner Bros. Television, “The Right Stuff” takes a clear-eyed look at America’s first “reality show,” when ambitious astronauts and their families became instant celebrities in a competition of money, fame and immortality.
At the height of the Cold War in 1959, America fears it is a nation in decline as the Soviet Union dominates the space race. But, the U.S. government has a solution – put a man in space. Newly-formed NASA is given the monumental task, and a group of the nation’s best engineers estimate they’ll need decades to accomplish the feat…but they only have two years.
NASA engineers, including rocket scientist Bob Gilruth (Patrick Fischler) and the passionate Chris Kraft (Eric Ladin), work against the clock under mounting pressure from Washington. Together, they hand select seven astronauts from a pool of military test pilots. These are ordinary men, plucked from obscurity, and within days of being presented to the world, they are forged into heroes before they achieve a single heroic act.