There are odd patterns that come in the industry. Sometimes, one project will lead to another when a studio sees the financial worth of such a project. Or perhaps the idea just flickers in the minds of multiple writers. In 2006, we didn't just get The Prestige, we also got The Illusionist. When Lionsgate saw the success of the YA dystopian series Hunger Games, they tried to emulate it by also producing an adaptation of the Divergent books. And of course you have the "shared cinematic universe" trend that Marvel started that Warner Bros. tried to emulate with the DCEU, that Universal tried to do with the Dark Universe (Composed of their classic horror monsters), and so on. Lately, one trend has been one that has been on the mind of people in the real world...space travel. And this trend has been carving a niche in TV and film for the last few years. Damien Chazelle made The First Man about Neil Armstrong and the moon landing. A TV miniseries remake of the classic film The Right Stuff is set to hit Disney+ soon. Ronald D. Moore does an alternate take of the winner of the Space Race on Apple TV+ with For All Mankind. And in addition, Hulu did The First covering a fictional journey to Mars. And now, Netflix joins this with their own show Away.
Starring Hilary Swank as American astronaut and former Navy pilot Emma Green, the story follows an international crew on the first mission to Mars. As the crew undergoes their journey deep into the unknown, they are forced to deal with their dynamics with each other and the effects of being away from their loved ones. Emma in particular must reconcile her decision to leave behind her NASA engineer husband (Played by Josh Charles) and teenage daughter (Played by Talitha Bateman) when they need her the most.
Today, the official trailer for the series, set to premiere on Netflix on September 4th, has been released and you can view it below:
Away is the creative collaboration of creator Andrew Hinderaker and showrunner Jessica Goldberg. Swank executive produces alongside Jason Katims, Matt Reeves, Edward Zwick, Adam Kassan, and Jeni Mulein.