Preview: Did Disney strip all of the fun out of “The Right Stuff?”

Tom Wolfe’s book about the early days of the space program had swagger, suspense and humor. It was inspiring but fun.

Philip Kaufman’s glorious 1983 film was mythic, with the sweep of a Greek epic. It was sexy, sentimental and often hilarious.

The trailer to this October series Disney+ has no bravado, no seat-of-the-pants whimsy, none of that blustery “right stuff” that Wolfe brought into the culture. This feels like a dry post-patriotism take on TRS.

Maybe not the right approach. But we’ll see.

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