This November, the National Geographic Channel will take audiences into outer space in a way we haven’t seen before. From producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer comes Mars, a six-part TV miniseries that blends documentary and science fiction to dramatize humankind’s first trip to Mars in 2033—and we here at TG2 Studios have the first trailer (despite being labeled Trailer #2), which you can see towards the bottom of this article.
Half of the show is more traditional drama, with sequences directed by Everardo Gout with plenty of input from Nasa, SpaceX, and others. The aim was to show viewers the closest thing possible to what an actual trip to Mars in 2033 could look like, in a very dramatic way.
Those stories are then juxtaposed with a present-day documentary about the possibility, and importance, of a trip to Mars. That’s where you get interviews with Elon Musk, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, The Martian author Andy Weir, and a slew of other experts on space exploration, Mars, and more.
Ron Howard said:
“Brian [Grazer] and I, along with the guys at Radical [Media], had this ambitious idea, which was to create a documentary about the quest to go to Mars but also bring it to life in a really dramatic and cinematic way. The offer to the audience will be information meets vivid and experiential filmmaking. Nat Geo’s ambition was high, and we are really honored and thrilled to try and meet that challenge.”
What is really awesome is that this show is going to have its global premiere in 171 countries and 45 languages over the course of November. The filmmakers felt a story with such a worldwide scope should be shared with the world.
Will you be watching the new series Mars? Is this hybrid of documentary and science fiction a possible wave of the future to not only entertain, but also excite our youth about the endless possibilities that can come from exploring all that science has to offer?
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