From films like Gravity and Interstellar to today’s successful deployment of the Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae lander on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, space continues to fascinate. That’s good news for Austrian production company Moonlake Entertainment which today says that under a deal with the European Space Agency in collaboration with film finance group Premiere Picture, it has rights to first-look footage of the first-ever landing of its kind. Moonlake’s upcoming documentary, In Space, will feature the footage of the Rosetta Space Mission’s landing as well as its 10-year, seven-billion kilometer journey to get there. Toronto-based Peace Point Rights is handling world sales on the one-hour project which is expected to be delivered on December 8.
The footage of the European Space Agency’s ambitious move to set a spacecraft on the surface of a comet is just one facet of In Space which looks at the last 50 years of the exploration of the final frontier through the prism of the half-century-long collaboration between the agency and NASA. The doc also traces private endeavors such as Google’s Lunar X Project and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. And, it takes a glimpse into the BepiColombo spacecraft — Europe’s first future mission to Mercury — as well as the return to the moon and human space travel to Mars. Interviewees featured include 2014 ISS astronaut Alexander Gerst; SpaceX CEO Elon Musk; Virgin Galactic founder Branson; ESA Director General Jean Jaques Dordain; and Rosetta Mission scientist Matt Taylor.
In Space is produced by SEIS TV and Moonlake Entertainment and is directed by Moonlake’s Hannes Schalle. Peace Point specializes in producing and distributing lifestyle, documentary and scripted programming. It produces Food Network Canada’s Food Truck Face Off as well as acquiring third-party titles.