Ronald D. Moore is going back to space. The longtime Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica writer/producer (and current Outlander showrunner) is working on a new space drama for Apple. On Thursday, just before his panel at New York Comic Con, the title was revealed: For All Mankind.
Though Moore teased that he's "dangerously optimistic about it," he offered few details on the new series during the panel, which was billed as a master class in writing. "All I can tell you is that it's about the space race, and what if the space race never ended."
Moore went on to talk about his childhood wonder at watching the Apollo space missions. "I've been very fortunate to work on things that meant something to me growing up."
Moore cut his teeth in the Star Trek universe, working successively on The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, before successfully rebooting the 1970s space adventure Battlestar Galactica with David Eick for SYFY from 2003 to '09.
In addition to For All Mankind, Moore is also currently the showrunner for Starz's Outlander, based on Diana Gabaldon's fantasy novels, which is about to begin its fourth season in November (and has already been renewed for two more years). Though the series is often pigeon-holed as a romantic drama, Moore says it wasn't that far from his wheelhouse. "It's not as big of a leap as people think," he said. "Star Trek and Galactica are period pieces. It really wasn't that different."
During the panel a scene from his 2011 pilot 17th Precinct was screened. NBC passed on the supernatural-themed police drama starring Battlestar alums James Callis, Jamie Bamber, and Tricia Helfer. "That's the one that got away," Moore said.
No word yet on For All Mankind's debut date yet. Per Deadline, Jodi Balfour has joined the cast as pilot Ellen Waverly. She joins a crew that includes Altered Carbon's Joel Kinnaman, The Patriot’s Michael Dorman, and Damnation’s Sarah Jones.
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