Carl Sagan, the acclaimed astronomer, astrophysicist and author who introduced an entire generation to the wonders of the sky with his science book and hit TV series “Cosmos” and who returned the phrase “billions upon billions” so fun, gets a new feature-length documentary about her prolific career courtesy of NatGeo and Seth MacFarlane.
By deadline (opens in a new tab), the star-studded legend of Carl Sagan will live on in a stunning project produced by National Geographic Documentary Films in alliance with Fuzzy Door’s Seth MacFarlane and Emmy and Peabody winner Erica Huggins (Sagan’s life partner) Ann Druyan. Oscar nominee Nanette Burstein (“On the Ropes,” “The Kid Stays in the Picture”) is on board as the film’s director.
In addition to his many lifetime accomplishments, his ability to teach and inspire his voice in astronomy and cosmology, Sagan’s bestselling novel “Contact” was adapted by director Robert Zemeckis (“Back to the future”, “Who framed Roger Rabbit?”) in the Academy. 1997 nominated sci-fi feature starring Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey. Sadly, Sagan passed away at the age of 62 in 1996, just before the Hollywood film was released in theaters.
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“Serving as an intimate, cinematic portrait of Sagan, the documentary Untitled Carl Sagan will explore his love affair with partner Ann Druyan and with science,” National Geographic Documentary Films said in an official statement.
“The film will include exclusive audio recordings, archival clips and animation, as well as interviews with family, friends and colleagues,” the statement continued. “With the full support of Sagan’s family and friends, the film will present a compelling look into the life and career of one of the world’s most inspiring and groundbreaking scientists of our time.”
This comprehensive Carl Sagan documentary currently has no scheduled release date, but will be offered exclusively on National Geographic and Disney+ channels when completed.
“Carl Sagan was a groundbreaking scientist who decoded the complexity of the cosmos and made planetary science accessible and relevant to audiences around the world,” said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president of documentary films for National Geographic. “We are thrilled to work with Nanette, Ann and Fuzzy Door to bring Sagan’s pioneering work and compelling personal story to a new generation of fans.”
Producing partner Fuzzy Door is the creative shingle behind hit shows “The Orville,” “Family Guy,” and “American Dad!” and also produced the Peabody-winning reboot of Sagan’s original “Cosmos” series, “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey,” which racked up 13 Emmy nominations and was hosted by renowned astrophysicist and science personality Neil deGrasse Tyson.
“Carl’s life is a multi-dimensional epic,” said executive producer Ann Druyan. “He was a scout in science and a force in culture, articulating the numinous wonderment of a science-based sense of the sacred. He is one of the greatest awakeners in our history, and I think with Nanette, Fuzzy Door, Hungry Man and NatGeo, I now have the right partners to tell his exciting story.”
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