Every writer is told at one time or another to write about what they know. For some, that would be the drama of being a teenager. For others, it might be some epically long fan fiction starring their favorite characters from a movie, book, or TV show. But for Andy Weir, it would seem that what he knows about is astronauts because the author has found himself connected to yet another tale about space and the people that travel there.
Following the acclaimed 2015 film ‘The Martian’, Weir will reunite with producer Simon Kinberg for an hour-long dramatic pilot for CBS called ‘Mission Control’. Deadline reports that the show “revolves around the next generation of NASA astronauts and scientists who juggle their personal and professional lives during a critical mission with no margin for error”. Based on his previous work, this is certainly well within Weir’s wheelhouse and will likely include the believable and fairly accurate science-based writing that he has become known for. And in addition to writing the show, he will also executive produce alongside Kinberg, Courtney Conte, Quan Phung, Aditya Sood, and Charles Eglee.
There is currently no word on who will star in ‘Mission Control’ or when we can expect to see it on our TV screens, although if it’s anything like Weir’s previous work, it should be pretty interesting. Maybe not as interesting as a guy getting stuck on Mars and being forced to survive for a while, but we’ll see what angle the writer takes now that he’s entering a shorter form of storytelling.
Are you excited about the premiere of ‘Mission Control’? How do you think Andy Weir will handle the transition from novelist to cinematic consultant to television writer? Let us know what you think in the comments below.