J.J. Abrams will executive produce a web docu-series about the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a $30 million competition for global teams to successfully land a robot on the Moon.
Abrams and his team — consisting of Academy Award-nominated director Orlando von Einsiedel, Bad Robot and Epic Digital — will follow the groups competing in the space race in the series titled “Moon Shot.” Sixteen privately funded teams will attempt to land an unmanned spacecraft on the Moon’s surface, explore at least 500 meters and transmit high-definition video and images back to Earth.
The deadline to complete the mission is Dec. 31, 2017. Teams range from Silicon Valley experts to German hackers, to IT specialists from India, to a father and son team from Vancouver.
“Moon Shot” will debut on Google Play on March 15 and on YouTube on March 16. It will consist of nine short films.