Amazon Studios and Amblin Television are taking us to Mars in a new feature documentary, with the help of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Good Night Oppy will tell the true story of Opportunity, a Mars exploration rover that was active from 2004 to 2018. The documentary will show the bond forged between the robot and the humans that created her. Oppy became an international sensation over its 15 year-long mission, which came to an end with one final communication to earth: “My battery is low and it’s getting dark.” JPL, which successfully landed Opportunity’s “younger sister” Perseverance on Mars last month, is responsible for providing filmmakers with access and unique footage in the filming of this documentary.
Industrial Light & Magic will be in charge of the feature’s visual effects created by ILM. Audiences can expect to be transported to the Red Planet alongside Oppy. “It was impossible not to fall in love with the story of Oppy, one of hope, ambition, adventure and exceeded expectations and an exploration of the special relationship between mankind and technology,” said Frank and Falvey, who will the doc oversee for Amblin, along with Clint LaVigne.