Discovery Communications and its Discovery Films unit have acquired rights to London-based DOX Production's and Passion Films' In The Shadow Of The Moon, set to get its world premiere here today (Friday).

Discovery Films, the theatrical documentary unit of DCI, will take an equity interest in North American theatrical distribution, branding rights and exclusive North American television rights to the title.

David Sington's film brings together the surviving astronauts who were among only 12 men to walk on the Moon between 1968 and 1972. Sington weaves in first-hand testimony with NASA archive material, much of which has never been seen before.

'In The Shadow Of The Moon captures a pivotal time in American history that touched and inspired the world,' Discovery Networks US president Billy Campbell said.

'Incorporating drama, humour and the determination of the human spirit, [the film] is storytelling at its finest and a perfect addition to Discovery Films' portfolio of groundbreaking productions.'

'All of us at DOX Productions feel immensely privileged to have spent time with the Apollo astronauts during the making of this film,' Sington said. 'They are true pioneers and genuine American heroes.'

Duncan Copp produced and Simon Andreae, John Battsek and Julie Goldman served as executive producers.

The deal was negotiated by CAA, Andreae and Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.