SXSW attendees who sat in on a panel last Saturday afternoon featuring HBOâ€™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 â€œunhealthy amount of timeâ€ dreaming about spaceflight, but in recent years the enthusiasm for space travel had waned, so he was talking to â€œa friendâ€ about how to inspire people to drive the conversation back into space exploration. The inspirational â€œshockingâ€ idea they came up with was a red sportscar combined with the music of David Bowie. That â€œfriendâ€ 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, â€œEarth is the cradle of civilization…but we can’t stay in the cradle forever.â€
Nolan was invited to the recent launch of SpaceXâ€™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. Itâ€™s a trailer, â€œnot for a movie or a TV show, but hopefully for one part of the next chapter of the human story.â€
Enjoy Jonathan Nolanâ€™s Falcon Heavy launch trailer, featuring David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” and a Tesla sportscar below.