Acclaimed television writer/director/producer Jason Katims is returning to sci-fi, 16 years since Roswell finished its run on UPN. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has placed a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for a drama about the first manned mission to Mars from the former Friday Night Lights and Parenthood showrunner. Katims and Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) will both serve executive producers.
Titled Away, the show will be loosely based on the story written by Chris Jones for Esquire Magazine in December of 2014. For three months, he reported on astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a year on the International Space Station. "The road to Mars begins with the launch of the most ambitious manned space mission in years," reads the feature's sub-heading.
Katims and Andrew Hinderaker (The Path, Penny Dreadful) will be adapting the story for the small screen, focusing on an astronaut named Emma Green, who leaves her husband and child to take command of an international space station headed for Mars over the course of a particularly dangerous year. Based on the THR report, Away plans to delve into motifs like "hope, humanity and how people need one another if we are to achieve impossible things."
The news of Netflix's order comes just weeks after two of Katims's shows, Rise on NBC and The Path on Hulu were cancelled after one and three seasons respectively.