When Apple TV+ debuts this November, Battlestar Galactica mastermind Ronald D. Moore (Outlander) is hoping you look at "space" a little different. No, not in the "cyclons" and "journey to find Earth"-type of way – more the "alternative history" route. That the focus of his upcoming drama For All Mankind: when the USSR beats the U.S. to the Moon, an entirely new "space race" begins. But while landing on the Moon was the goal before, the men and women of NASA are now racing to have a colony… and not just on the Moon.
Created by Moore, Matt Wolpert, and Ben Nedivi, here's a look at the official trailer for For All Mankind:
For All Mankind is created by Emmy® Award winner Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, Battlestar Galactica), Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi. Told through the lives of NASA astronauts, engineers and their families, For All Mankind presents an aspirational world where NASA and the space program remained a priority and a focal point of our hopes and dreams.
For All Mankind stars Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt, Shantel VanSanten, Sarah Jones, and Jodi Balfour. Moore, Wolpert, Nedivi, and Maril Davis serve as executive producers.
During a June interview with Collider, Moore explained why he wanted to go the "alternative history" route with For All Mankind:
"It was a couple of things. One was just my own personal interest in and passion for the subject. I grew up with the Apollo program, as a kid, and it was really the catalyst for inspiring me to become interested in science fiction, overall. So, it was very important, in my personal life. And when I was growing up, watching the space program in the '70s, I thought it was gonna go places. I thought it was gonna go much bigger than it did. I had dreams of moon bases and colonization, and all kinds of things that never came to pass.
The idea of doing the history that I never got to see was personally really exciting and interesting to me. And then, on a creative level, separate from that, it was also interesting, in the concept of this particular show, to start at the beginning. The Man in the High Castle, and a lot of alternate history pieces, typically throw you into that existing world. On High Castle, the Nazis have already won, the Japanese have already won, and you're in this other world. This was an opportunity to see it start and see how it developed.
And also, the other difference for me is that this particular piece is very aspirational. It's a very positive idea of a better world that could come about from an alternate history piece. Alternate history, not always, but tends to go to the dark and the dystopian. Terrible things happen and awful things have taken place, and the alternate world is a very dark and brooding one. Ours is going in the opposite direction.
It's a very positive one. It's like, "Wow, by expanding the space racing and stepping strongly into the universe, the world became a better place, and the nation became a better place." It's a very optimistic sort of idea for an alternate history piece."