Currently titled The First, the series will be set in the near-future and center around a group of scientists and astronauts as they journey on the first human mission to Mars. "It's a story about the human spirit," Willimon said in a statement. "About our indomitable need to reach for unknown horizons. About people working toward the greatest pioneering achievement in human history. And about the cost of that vision, the danger and sacrifice — emotional, psychological, and physical — that's required to achieve it. How ordinary, imperfect people band together and overcome a myriad of obstacles to grasp the extraordinary."
The First is expected to debut on Hulu in 2018.