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Brian Grazer, Ron Howard to Explore Mars for Nat Geo Doc

Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Michael Rosenberg are on a mission to explore Mars with “Red Planet,” a National Geographic Channel event series that they are exec producing.

Red Planet” (working title) is set in both 2032 and the present day and is described as a hybrid of both scripted and unscripted elements as it chronicles the first manned mission to Mars as well as the mission to colonize Earth’s neighboring planet.

“It’s genre busting; it’s a hybrid of scripted elements that are set in the future and documentary interviews with scientists [from today],” Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Channels, told journalists on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour. She added that producers came to her with the idea for the project.

In addition to Grazer, Howard and Rosenberg, the project is also exec produced by Justin Wilkes and Dave O’Connor of RadicalMedia. Robert Palumbo will exec produce for NGC, where Alan Eyres is senior VP of development and Tim Pastore is president of original programming and production.

“We stand on the grandest stage of all time — the dark void of interplanetary space — with the brightest 21st century visionaries to light our way,” Grazer said in a statement. “By blending awe-inspiring imagery and narrative with present-day footage and interviews, we hope that ‘Red Planet’ will change the way we see our place in the cosmos and the mysteries that lie beyond.”

“Red Planet” is slated to premiere in 2016.

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