Ever since The Martian, people have been asking what author Andy Weir has got in store for us next. Now, we finally have something to look forward to from the mind that gave us one of 2015’s best movies, and one of the most genuinely entertaining sci-fi books in years.
Fans of the Weir will be pleased to hear that the author is sticking to familiar ground for his next project, formulating a new TV drama titled Mission Control, which centers on a team of young NASA astronauts and scientists. According to reports, the series will see this young, and presumably good-looking bunch having to “juggle their personal and professional lives during a critical mission with no margin for error.” Presumably, this means we could get a new vision of what exactly it is that all those brilliant minds over at NASA get up to on a day to day basis.
As Theodore Melfi has proven with his movie, Hidden Figures, you don’t have to have a ton of space-based action to make a compelling story about NASA. After all, this is one of America’s greatest brands we’re talking about here, so surely just getting a semi-accurate glimpse of its inner-workings will be enough to entertain us?
Mission Control will be Weir’s first screenwriting gig, and he’ll be joined on the team by The Martian producer, Simon Kinberg. The pilot was one of the first to be ordered by CBS this cycle, and it will definitely be one we’re looking to follow very closely in the coming months.