The Landing, a faux documentary exploring what really happened to the fabled Apollo 18 mission, gets a new trailer ahead of its theatrical release. In the real world, Apollo 18 never happened. It was one of several canceled NASA missions, falling victim to budget cuts. However, that hasn't prevented pop culture from using it as inspiration for fictional stories. Back in 2011, there was a found footage horror movie titled Apollo 18, which took place in an alternate reality where the mission actually took place, but the astronauts never returned.
Space exploration gone awry seems to be a running theme with Apollo 18 films, as evidenced by The Landing. The project has been in the works since 1991, when two weeks of filming took place. The cast and crew came back together more than two decades later to finish the film, which investigates the conspiracy behind the doomed mission. With this October marking the 60th anniversary of NASA, there's sure to be interest in The Landing - even though it isn't "real." Now, people can check out the trailer.
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As a Screen Rant exclusive, MyCinema and Random Media unveiled the preview for The Landing, which you can watch in the space above. Based on the footage, it seems to primarily investigate the actions of Bo Cunningham, who may or may not be responsible for the death of two of his crew members and the collapse of America's space program. The faux documentary plays into the turmoil that was consuming the country at the time, making reference to Richard Nixon and Watergate. In addition to the trailer, MyCinema and Random Media released a batch of stills, which you can see below.
One has to appreciate the great lengths gone to making The Landing feel as authentic as possible, and it should add to audiences' enjoyment of it. The impending theatrical release of Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong biopic First Man will make for a more traditional celebration of NASA and its accomplishments, but for those looking for something a little more different, The Landing should make for a fun experience. Filmmakers David and Mark Dodson seem to have crafted a fascinating story (even though it is fictional) and the trailer does a great job of intriguing viewers.
The Landing will be released in theaters on August 30, 2018.