Because it's apparently now time to depict national tragedies in cinematic form, we can add a movie about the Challenger disaster to the list. The movie, entitled Challenger, will examine the space shuttle explosion from the perspective of its investigators, primarily that of physicist and Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Feynman's involvement in the investigation grew largely out his own work on the Manhattan Project, and an accompanying personal determination that none of the negligence and/or mistakes that may have led to the accident be swept under the rug.

Though the film seems to be a ways from production, it has been announced that Oscar nominee David Strathairn will play Feynman. Challenger will be directed by Philip Kaufman (who knows his space movies -- he made The Right Stuff), who will be working from a script by Nicole Perlman.