The Martian author Andy Weir will explore NASA's future in new TV series

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Jan 18, 2017, 8:30 AM EST

The Martian was one of 2015's most satisfying theatrical sci-fi releases, combining Ridley Scott's incredible visuals with Drew Goddard's witty script and based on Andy Weir's meticulousy researched and endlessly engaging novel. Weir used his science background and loads of spaceflight research to make the story of Mark Watney and his accidental one-man Mars colony as realistic as possible, and one has to imagine that he wound up with some ideas left over from all that detail work.

Well, it turns out Weir did indeed get some more ideas about a fictional version of NASA ... and he's pouring them into a new TV series.

Pilot season is finally underway, and among CBS's first orders was Mission Control, a new hour-long drama from Weir. The series, if it gets picked up, will follow "the next generation of NASA astronauts and scientists as they juggle both their personal and professional lives during a critical mission with no margin for error."

Weir will serve as writer and producer on the pilot, which will reteam him with The Martian producer Simon Kinberg, who's best known for his work as a writer and producer on the X-Men films.

Obviously we'll have to wait a while to see who might star in the pilot, and we'll have to wait even longer to see if the idea gets a series order, but either way this is exciting news for The Martian fans. If this comes together, Weir's brand of space drama will get to unfold with more long-form storytelling, and I can't wait to see where that takes us.

(Via The Wrap)