Steve Carell will be starring in a new Netflix series from “The Office” creator Greg Daniels about President Trump’s proposed idea for a “Space Force” branch of the U.S. military.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series, aptly titled “Space Force,” will be “a workplace comedy centered around the people tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services — Space Force.” The show will be an obvious troll of President Trump’s order in June of last year to create a sixth military branch.
The big winner here, however, is Steve Carell, who will be making an estimated $1 million per episode, a paycheck that only “The Big Bang Theory” cast recently scored. Carell’s “The Office,” however, ranks as one of Netflix’s most-watched series on its platform, which even outperforms some of its original content.
The “2001: A Space Odyssey”-inspired teaser trailer released by Netflix on Wednesday says of the series: “The goal of the new branch is to ‘defend satellites from attack’ and ‘perform other space-related tasks’…or something. This is the story of the men and women who have to figure it out.”
President Trump announced the creation of “Space Force” in June of last year with the expressed intention of creating a military branch “focused solely on space.”
“I am hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces,” said Trump upon the announcement. “Our destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity but a matter of national security.”
The president’s creation of “Space Force” followed a comment he made earlier that year when he suggested that “space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea.” As noted by The Daily Wire’s Emily Zanotti, the idea of “Space Force” does not exactly sit well with most Americans.
Only 37% of Americans are excited about the Space Force, compared to more than 55% who say they’re not ready to support Trump’s big project.
Even among Republicans, CNN described approval of a Space Force as “lukewarm,” even though more than half of the same people polled support Donald Trump’s agenda overall.
The key complaint seems to be cost. While Democrats are expected to oppose Trump’s key agenda items simply because they’re Trump’s key agenda items, Republicans are more apt to consider major initiatives against longstanding party principles, and while defense is important, this particular project may seem unnecessary and too costly to justify.
Vice President Mike Pence has also promised that “Space Force” will be a reality.
“As we speak, the National Space Council, bringing together all different agencies of government that bear on this program, and bringing together the best minds in and around American space leadership, we’re forming a cohesive and comprehensive strategy for America’s space activities,” said Pence in August of last year. “We’re rolling back stifling red tape so we can tap the bottomless well of American innovation. We’re also renewing our national commitment to discovery and to exploration, and to write the next great chapter of our nation’s journey into space.”