Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s Comic-Con coverage.
EXCLUSIVE: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey will premiere in the spring on Fox and National Geographic Channel and just introduced a trailer during its Comic-Con panel Saturday evening at the Indigo Ballroom. Seth MacFarlane is executive producer on the reboot of the groundbreaking 1980 Carl Sagan series and sent along a video message from the set of his movie A Million Ways To Die In The West. (Text continues below):
Joining host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on the panel are writer/executive producer Ann Druyan and executive producer/director Brannon Braga. On the 44th anniversary of the first moon landing, the closest thing that Comic-Con has to royalty, the late astronomer Carl Sagan’s widow Ann Druyin, held court during a session hyping the forthcoming Fox reboot of the landmark 1980s PBS miniseries Cosmos. The new series, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, is slated to premiere next spring. Why do a reboot? Druyin, who lost her husband when he died of pneumonia in 1996, responded, “Well, it’s a very big universe, and in the first series we covered a lot of territory. But there’s so much left. We have new stories that have yet to be told.”
Panelist Druyin said this Cosmos “is as accessible as the first one and contains information that’s at times arcane, that at other times is as less complicated. But it’s for everyone.” She also sees the pendulum swinging back to interest in space after “a kind of failure of confidence, and part of that had been a retreat into fear, into ignorance, superstition, a kind of magical thinking… But now we’re to get going again. You don’t get anywhere on this planet without science.”