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SPACE AGE: AN ELON MUSK TV SERIES IS IN THE WORKS

Oh, and Channing Tatum is making it.

19.10.2020

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For most people, 2020 has been gruelling at worst, uneventful at best. And if there’s one person who can make us feel like we’re lagging behind in the "goals" department, it is surely entrepreneur, futurist, Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder, Elon Musk. In May, his SpaceX rocket launched two Nasa astronauts into orbit on a historic mission, lifted off from the launch pad of the Kennedy Space Center. It was the first crew outing launched from American soil to orbit since the retirement of the US space agency (Nasa) shuttles nine years ago.

Now, it has just been announced the billionaire techpreneur will be getting his own HBO miniseries. What to expect? The six-episode show will focus on Musk’s lifelong dream to conquer space, make space travel affordable...relatively speaking of course for such a commute. Last year, he said SpaceX's Starship could fly for “as little” as $2 million per launch. 

The show is vaguely based on the bestseller book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance, and will follow Musk as he builds his private space venture. Notably, we will see how the billionaire hires a small team of engineers who will work on a remote Pacific Island, and then how they develop step by step the first manned SpaceX rocket, the Falcon 9, and finally launch it into orbit.

Exclusively produced by actor and director Channing Tatum and his company Free Association, the series has been written by Star Trek Beyond pen Doug Jung. Currently, Elon Musk is not officially involved in the project, but he might join at a later date (as he did with Vance's book, when first he declined to participate and later helped her, adding precious details about his past.). Who will be playing the part of Musk? Or, wait, will he portray himself? It’s early days, but we’ll keep you posted.

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