The Author of The Martian Is Making an Astronaut TV Show

Matt Damon in The Martian, based on the book by Andy Weir. Image: Fox

After the success of The Martian, both the book and the movie, it was evident author Andy Weir was going have some new opportunities. Now it seems one of those is on television.

CBS has just picked up a pilot, written and produced by Weir, called Mission Control. According to The Wrap, it “follows 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.”


Among the producers is Simon Kinberg, who produced The Martian as well as Star Wars Rebels, Deadpool, the X-Men films, and much more.

This is just a pilot order, though. That means Weir and his team will get to make a single episode and, if it’s good, maybe it’ll air on CBS later this year or next year.

[The Wrap]

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