HBO developing SpaceX-focused scripted series about Elon Musk

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Streaming services are always looking for new original shows. Although the concept of blending real-life events with a fictional narrative can be difficult, the results can also be very entertaining. That’s exactly what HBO wants to accomplish with an upcoming scripted series about SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk.

The limited series will reportedly dive into Musk’s ambitions for the spaceflight startup and the early stages of its development.

Interestingly, Musk himself isn’t involved with the project at this time. That hasn’t stopped a number of noteworthy individuals from signing onto the project in writing and producing roles.

On a Mission

The story of Musk and the creation of SpaceX was basically made for Hollywood. A tech innovator working on a spaceflight company that would eventually take over NASA’s role of flying astronauts into space almost sounds too good to be true.

HBO will produce the new SpaceX limited series, which will likely appear on both its main channel and its Max streaming platform. The show will be based on Ashlee Vance’s book “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future.”

It will reportedly feature six episodes and examine Musk’s early efforts with SpaceX. That includes his work to build a team of engineers to work on the first SpaceX rocket on a remote Pacific Island. It’s unclear how far into the present the series will reach.

An ideal stopping point may be the historic Falcon 9 launch that took place on May 30 earlier this year. It saw NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley launched to the International Space Station (ISS) for the first time since the space shuttle program shut down. That being said, it may be a bit ambitious to cover SpaceX’s entire journey in just six episodes.

Notable Names

HBO’s new SpaceX series has some top-notch talent on board. It will be written by Doug Jung, best known for his work on “Star Trek Beyond.” However, he has also written for titles like Netflix’s original series “Mindhunter,” “The Cloverfield Paradox,” and “Banshee.”

Meanwhile, Channing Tatum will executive produce the series through his Free Association production company. Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan, also of Free Association, will executive produce as well.

HBO has experienced a great deal of success with its limited series in recent years. “Chernobyl” won a total of 15 Emmy Awards while “Watchmen” racked up 11 of its own.

It will be interesting to see how this new series depicts SpaceX and Elon Musk. With any luck, it should be an entertaining watch that re-tells one of the greatest space stories of our lifetime. Unfortunately, it will probably be several years before the show debuts. As of now, no cast members have been revealed and there is no timeline for the series’ arrival.


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