This week Apple shared a new video containing clips and testimonials from the team behind the show «For All Mankind», one of the original productions of Apple TV +. The teaser was released in light of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Apollo 11, the American space mission that first took man to the moon.
The series, starring Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt, Sarah Shantel VanSanten, Sarah Jones and Jodi Balfour, is produced by movie giants Maril Davis, Matt Wolpert, Ben Nedivi and Ronald D. Moore.
In the video, the team talks about the historical significance of the Apollo mission and the series’ attempts at authenticity. Among them, Moore says that the American space program «captured the imagination of the world» as the mission events unfolded in 1969.
There is something special about putting people in spaceships and traveling far away. It is an idea of this optimistic future in which we not only travel through space, but it is also a good thing for all of humanity.
As explained in the trailer released at WWDC19, at the beginning of last month, the series tells a fictional story in which the space race between the United States and the former Soviet Union (USSR) never ended. In production, the Soviets were the first to land on the Moon, prompting the Americans to increase their competition.
In addition to the teaser, Moore and other creators of the show shared even more details about the production. In a press conference on production for Collider, Moore said the design of the series involved a wish from him and Apple TV + (and former Sony) co-chairman Zack Van Amburg.
He [Van Amburg] and I talked briefly about doing a series about NASA in the 1970s, around the Skylab era, many years ago, and it never got off the ground, so we didn’t talk about it much.
As for the Inverse, the director said that Apollo 11 was the “catalyst that made him interested in science fiction” and also said that the plans for the series got off the ground when Apple embraced the project, at which point the story really began to develop.
I told Zack that the most exciting thing for me was to do the space program that I felt was promised and that we were never able to execute. And that was how the journey to the alternative version of the story [da corrida espacial] was born. That’s why it’s at Apple, it came from our personal relationship.
In an interview with Syfy, the series’ technical consultants, Garrett Reisman and Gerry Griffin, said they intend to make production “as accurate as possible”, even when it became technically unfeasible.
Getting cathode ray tube displays, for example, was a nightmare that made the production team cheat using flat-screen TVs and placing a curved piece of glass to simulate old screens. The NASA logo was another difficulty. […] That’s because, as the trio explained, NASA has a policy of only supporting and allowing the use of badges if the media portrays the events in the space program exactly as they happened. It’s not really a possibility for a series about an alternative story.
Although the first season of the series has yet to be released, like Apple TV + itself, Moore has tongue-in-cheek and said a possible second season is already being discussed.
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