For those of you who like your space travel tinged with intrigue and scheming, we may have found a new show for you to get excited about: The First, an upcoming space drama about the first human mission to Mars. A year after abruptly leaving his Netflix creation House of Cards, Beau Willimon is jumping streaming ships to Hulu for a straight-to-series eight-episode order, with a premiere date of 2018.
He took to Twitter to share The First news ...
My interest is certainly to the moon, if not yet back. House of Cards was impeccably created, and is a huge early reason why Netflix is such a bright star in the original content universe. Perhaps if Willimon can get David Fincher to help kick off the look of this new series too, as he did with HoC, then I'll really be on my way back from the moon. Though no such mention was made in Willimon's seven-tweet-announcement, he was able to pack in a fair amount of details.
Besides sharing a picture of his beautifully diverse, "fearless as astronauts" writing team, Willimon says they'll "be telling the human story of space exploration: the challenges & sacrifices of the crew, engineers, scientists & their loved ones." They'll "also delve into the private & public sector players, what the near future looks like, and the technology of interplanetary travel... But at its heart, The First is about the insatiable desire to grasp the unknown, to achieve the impossible ... And most importantly, about the toll on those driven by that desire. How are we transformed by the journeys we choose?"
Though it may seem like a departure for political-playmaking and Juilliard-fellowing Willimon, getting a pioneering space mission off the ground has got to be a huge political process in its own right, as much as a scientific one. And don't get me started on the dirty politics involved in interplanetary colonization!
Okay, maybe I am to the moon and back about this one. What about you?