Jason Katims Mars Mission Drama ‘Away’ Ordered to Series at Netflix

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Netflix just picked up an out-of-this-world project from “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood” creator Jason Katims, playwright Andrew Hinderaker, and “Felicity” creator Matt Reeves.

The streaming service has placed a 10-episode, series order for the trio’s space drama “Away,” loosely inspired by Chris Jones’ Esquire article of the same name, a person with knowledge of production tells TheWrap.

According to the logline, the show is an epic love story and a thrilling tale of survival set against humanity’s greatest endeavor — the first human mission to Mars. The plot centers around Emma Green, an American astronaut who must leave her husband and teenage daughter behind in order to command an international space crew embarking upon a treacherous, year-long mission.

“Away” is a series about hope, humanity and how ultimately, we need one another if we are to achieve impossible things.

Katims executive produces and penned the script with co-executive producer Hinderaker. Reeves and Adam Kassan executive produce along with and Michelle Lee, who has a credit on the pilot alone. Jeni Mulein co-executive produced episodes 102-110.

An individual with knowledge of the production tells TheWrap negotiations are currently underway to bring in a showrunner.

“Away” hails from Universal Television, True Jack Productions, and 6th & Idaho.