Coming soon to a computer near you: JJ Abrams’ documentary series “Moon Shot.”
The sci-fi film director (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness”) is executive producer of the soon-to-bow series of online shorts about the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a $30 million race to land a robotic probe on the Moon.
Abrams, left, and his documentary team will follow select teams participating in the international competition over the course of nine film installments.
“(‘Moon Shot’) will explore the lives of their charismatic, quirky members, the sacrifices they have made to get to where they are today and, crucially, what drives them on this incredible journey,” XPRIZE Foundation said.
Sixteen companies are competing for the XPRIZE. A $20 million grand prize will be awarded to the first privately funded spacecraft to land a probe on the moon and send back images. There’s also a $5 million prize for the second team to manage such a feat, and bonus awards for scientific and technical achievement.
“Moon Shot” debuts March 15 on Google Play and March 17 on YouTube.
Director Orlando von Einsiedel (“Virunga”) will helm the docu-series, produced in collaboration with Bad Robot and Epic Digital.