The mission of the rover Opportunity, from NASA, and the link established between the robot and the scientists who created it will become a film. “Good Night Oppy”, directed by Ryan White, is being produced by Amazon Studios, Film 45, Amblin Television and Tripod Media.
The documentary is supported by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). Opportunity originally was supposed to work for 90 days on the surface of Mars, but ended up exploring the Red Planet for almost 15 years.
"The innovation and determination that made the 'Oppy' journey possible and the spirit of discovery that drives the JPL team are an inspiration," said Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke.
ILM will be responsible for the special effects that will transport the public to Mars, next to the robot. The film will also use images made by the Perseverance, Opportunity's “little brother” who arrived on Mars last month.
White directed the 2020 documentary 'Assassins', which tells the story of the murder of the brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. On the filmmaker's resume is still 'Visible: Out on Television', the first documentary series from Apple TV Plus and 'The Keepers', Netflix's Emmy-nominated series. HBO's 'The Case Against 8' earns him a directorial award at Sundance and was nominated for an Oscar.
The Opportunity rover officially stopped responding to NASA commands in February 2019, 5.352 days after arriving on Mars. Through the connection with the robot, the researchers sent a song as a last command to Opportunity: 'I'll Be Seeing You', by singer Billie Holiday.
It was the last attempt to get a response from Opportunity, which was trapped in a sandstorm that covered its solar panels. This prevented the robot from obtaining energy to continue its trajectory through the Red Planet.