U.S. net Smithsonian Channel and UK broadcaster Channel 4 (C4) have commissioned Endemol-owned Darlow Smithson Productions to produce the tentatively titled Last Flight of the Space Shuttle, a feature-length doc exploring the rise and fall of the Space Shuttle program.
The film will air on C4 in the UK on July 24, to coincide with the final NASA launch. The 90-minute doc tells the story of the Space Shuttle, “a symbol of international collaboration and scientific endeavor, which transformed our understanding of space and pioneered breakthroughs to a new high-tech age,” according to Smithsonian Channel.
It features interviews with NASA scientists, administrators, astronauts and Smithsonian space history historians, as well as archival materials and CGI animation, tracking the Space Shuttle’s journey from its birth through to the tragic accidents in 1986 and 2003 and its retirement from service this year.
Julia Harrington, C4 commissioning editor for specialist factual, said: “The shuttle touching down this summer is the final chapter in an extraordinary story of triumph and tragedy which I hope this film will capture.”
The doc will be sold internationally by Endemol Worldwide Distribution. The film is directed by Jeremy Hall, produced by Clare Bradbury and exec produced by Julian Ware and Tom Brisley for Darlow Smithson.