Every year, thousands of people descend upon Austin, Texas for South by Southwest, the 9-day multimedia extravaganza where the only limits are imagination and the human body’s stamina. The film festival recently announced the opening night slate, and the most surprising of the seven entries is Fox’s upcoming science series COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, which will debut along with Jon Favreau’s star-studded comedic drama Chef and Rob Thomas’ long-awaited Veronica Mars feature. Rubbing shoulders with such potentially esteemed films means COSMOS will help keep Austin smart as well as weird.
The new show is of course an updated edition of the classic Carl Sagan series, and was developed by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. The public face of the program is world renowned astrophysicist and socially approachable genius Neil deGrasse Tyson, who will also give a keynote speech on Saturday, March 8, as part of the Interactive portion of the festival. THe announcement doesn’t provide any specifics on the topic of the day, and only says that deGrasse Tyson will “enlighten and inspire with unique insights regarding the Universe that surrounds us.”