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MacFarlane to produce ‘Cosmos’ reboot in Santa Fe

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Land of Enchantment is on a roll with film projects.

The documentary TV series “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey” is filming this month through early June in Santa Fe.

“Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey” is the long-awaited follow-up to, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” Carl Sagan’s stunning and iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science. Seth MacFarlane, who is in New Mexico filming “A Million Ways To Die in the West,” and Sagan’s original creative collaborator, writer/executive producer Ann Druyan, have teamed up to conceive this 13-part docuseries, which will premiere on Fox Broadcasting in early 2014.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, the production will employ at least 80 New Mexico crewmembers, principal actors and background talent.

Hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (NOVA ScienceNow) and Franklin P. Rose, director of the Hayden Planetarium, the series will explore how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time.

Sagan’s original series, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” was first broadcast in 1980, and has been enjoyed by more than 750 million people worldwide.

Druyan and Steven Soter are the series’ writers. Druyan, MacFarlane, Cosmos Studios president Mitchell Cannold and Brannon Braga (Star Trek franchise, 24) will executive produce the series. Braga and Bill Pope (Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, The Matrix franchise) will direct the series. Jason Clark, (TED, 42) is the producer.


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