Apple is apparently very confident of success for its Apple TV+ series For All Mankind. With a week still to go before Apple launches its streaming TV service, it is gearing up to shoot a second season of the big budget space race show.
Actor Joel Kinnaman revealed that he will be filming the second series simultaneously with the sequel to Suicide Squad. Shooting will commence in a couple of weeks.
Apple has already committed to renewing several of its shows. It agreed to at least two seasons of The Morning Show from the start. See, Dickinson, Little America and Home Before Dark are also getting second seasons.
For All Mankind is Apple’s space race-themed drama. It’s about a world in which the Soviets beat America to put the first astronauts on the moon. As a result, the space race ramped up, rather than cooling down as it did in reality.
For All Mankind rewrites history
“I’m amazed at what they’ve created,” Kinnaman said in his interview with Variety. “They’ve done an incredible job with it and it’s just been such a pleasure shooting. I don’t think I’ve been this excited to show something that I’ve done to people.”
Kinnaman also shed some light on the origins of the show. It was created by former Battlestar Galactica and Outlander showrunner Ronald D. Moore.
“It originated with Ron discussing with a friend the idea of maybe doing a Mad Men-ish show in the NASA environment,” Kinnaman said. “But then they started discussing the space race. It was pretty much a sad story. We got to the moon, but then after that, people lost interest, and NASA got defunded, and the whole promise of space exploration didn’t get fulfilled. So then they came up with this other idea, like what would’ve had to happen for the space race to continue?”
Apple this week premiered For All Mankind at the Regency Village theater in Westwood, California. The rest of us will be able to check it out when Apple TV+ debuts on November 1. Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month, although people who buy a new iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV will get a year’s free subscription.