By April M. Brown
CBS TV pilot, Mission Control, will begin filming in Albuquerque this month. The series is written and produced by author Andy Weir, who penned the popular novel and movie The Martian. The new space adventure will feature the next generation of NASA astronauts and scientists as they juggle both their personal and professional lives during an intense critical mission.
“For the past several months, I have been working on a TV show pilot,” Weir announced on Facebook in January, “and I’m happy to announce that CBS is going to make it!“
The pilot will be directed by James Mangold, who is best known for his work as director on such films as Walk the Line and Wolverine; as well as producer on recent box-office smash Logan, which was filmed in Albuquerque last year.
If the series is picked up by CBS, Weir says that the series will be set in a modern political backdrop where the characters will face some of the challenges that astronauts and scientists are facing under the current presidential administration. Weir promises “a hell of a show” with stories and technology that are believable, adding, ““Of course, I am all about scientific accuracy, and this show will be no exception.”
Casting is underway through EG Casting, who recently put out a casting call for recurring background to portray scientists and astronauts of all ethnicities, ages 22 to 70. Those who are interested should send a photo with their height, weight and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Mission Control.”
Shooting is slated for March 15-21.