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Exclusive: Discovery+ acquires Werner and Rudolph Herzog’s “Last Exit: Space”

Discovery+ has acquired Last Exit: Space, a documentary from Werner Herzog and his son, Rudolph Herzog, about mankind’s push to colonize space. The film promises to take audiences on a voyage ...
June 30, 2021

Discovery+ has acquired Last Exit: Space, a documentary from Werner Herzog and his son, Rudolph Herzog, about mankind’s push to colonize space.

The film promises to take audiences on a voyage across the planet and out into space. As resources dwindle on Earth, Last Exit: Space asks, could one of the more than 100 billion planets in the Milky Way alone be our future home?

Werner (Grizzly Man, Encounters at the End of the World) is narrator and executive producer, with Rudolph (How to Fake a War, The Heist) serving as director.

Los Angeles-headquartered indie Gunpowder & Sky (Everybody’s Everything, 69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez) boarded the project in September 2020.

The film is coproduced by Spring Films (Fireball, Night Will Fall) and Taglicht Media (Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies).

Bernd Wilting also serves as executive producer.

Last Exit: Space will stream later this year on Discovery+.

“Mankind’s quest to become space colonists has always been a fascination – the cutting-edge technology it requires, and the geniuses, dreamers and mavericks who lead this ambition. Last Exit is a brand-new creative collaboration for my father and me, and we are thrilled to be doing it with such forward-thinking partners,” Rudolph said in a release.

“We are honored to work with Werner and Rudolph Herzog, who are uniquely suited to tell a story of such grand ambition and scale,” Lisa Holme, group SVP of content and commercial strategy at Discovery, added. “With Discovery’s strong history of creative leadership for stories covering exploration, space and science, Discovery+ is the perfect streaming home for Last Exit: Space.”

“We’re always looking for bold stories from fearless storytellers,” Floris Bauer, president, Gunpowder & Sky, said in a statement. “So you can only imagine how fired up we are to partner with the incomparable Herzogs on a project that explores some of humanity’s greatest questions.”

The film is the latest acquisition by the non-fiction streamer as it grows its documentary offering. The company recently announced it had picked up Eli Roth’s documentary Fin, from executive producers Leonardo DiCaprio and Nina Dobrev.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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