Richard Linklater has a new animated movie in the works at Netflix titled, Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure. The movie promises an innovative hybrid of hand-drawn and computer-animated imagery. The animation will be completed at Minnow Mountain in Austin, Texas and Submarine in the Netherlands. The live action shoot for the film wrapped in March 2020 in Austin.
Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure tells the story of the first moon landing in the summer of 1969 from two interwoven perspectives. It captures both the astronaut and mission control view of the triumphant moment and the lesser-seen bottom-up perspective of what it was like from an excited kid’s perspective, living near NASA but mostly watching it on TV like hundreds of millions of others. It’s ultimately both an exacting recreation of this special moment in history and a kid’s fantasy about being plucked from his average life in suburbia to secretly train for a covert mission to the moon.
The movie will feature Jack Black, Zachary Levi, Glen Powell, Josh Wiggins, Milo Coy, Lee Eddy, Bill Wise, Natalie L’Amoreaux, Jessica Brynn Cohen, Sam Chipman, and Danielle Guilbot.
Linklater previously made the Rotoscope-animated-live action hybrid A Scanner Darkly in 2006 based on the Philip K. Dick novel and starring Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr. and Woody Harrelson.
Produced by Linklater’s Detour FilmProductions and Submarine, the producers for Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure are Tommy Pallotta, Mike Blizzard, Femke Wolting (Submarine), Bruno Felix (Submarine).