HBO is developing a limited series about the origins of Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
The six-episode project, titled SpaceX, counts Channing Tatum and former HBO Films head Len Amato among its executive producers. It’s based on the book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance.
SpaceX would follow Musk as he pursues his lifelong dream of making humanity a multi-planetary species. To that end, he handpicks a team of engineers to work on a remote Pacific Island where they build, and launch, the first SpaceX rocket into orbit. The company’s first manned mission, the Falcon 9, launched on May 30 and successfully docked at the International Space Station.
Doug Jung (Star Trek Beyond, The Cloverfield Paradox) is adapting Vance’s book and will executive produce with Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan of Free Association; Amato; and Vance. Musk is not involved in the project.
Amato exited HBO earlier this year amid the executive restructuring at parent company WarnerMedia. During his tenure, HBO Films racked up hundreds of Emmy nominations for its original movies.
SpaceX joins a slate of limited series in the works at HBO that include an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage, starring Michelle Williams and Oscar Isaac; a Jeffrey Epstein project from Adam McKay; and an adaptation of best picture winner Parasite, from McKay and the film’s director, Bong Joon Ho.