SXSW attendees who sat in on a panel last Saturday afternoon featuring HBO’s Westworld showrunners and stars were surprised when showrunner Jonathan Nolan introduced SpaceX CEO (and generally real-life Tony Stark) Elon Musk onto the Austin Convention Center stage.
During the panel, Nolan had been previously lamenting at the fact that when he was a kid, he used to spend an “unhealthy amount of time” dreaming about spaceflight, but in recent years the enthusiasm for space travel had waned, so he was talking to “a friend” about how to inspire people to drive the conversation back into space exploration. The inspirational “shocking” idea they came up with was a red sportscar combined with the music of David Bowie. That “friend” was of course Elon Musk, who joined the panel on stage.
Referencing his inspiration for pursuing space exploration, Musk cited Russian rocket scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky who said, “Earth is the cradle of civilization…but we can’t stay in the cradle forever.”
Nolan was invited to the recent launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket and tried to capture and distill the enthusiasm he felt on that day in a trailer he directed and edited of the launch. It’s a trailer, “not for a movie or a TV show, but hopefully for one part of the next chapter of the human story.”
Enjoy Jonathan Nolan’s Falcon Heavy launch trailer, featuring David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” and a Tesla sportscar below.