Joe Penna Talks Lifeboat Scenario in Space for Netflix’s Stowaway [Exclusive Interview]

Stowaway - Joe Penna

Stowaway – Joe Penna

Space agencies around the world will have a contingency plan for anything that can go wrong with space flights from accidents to fires or other anomalies. For Netflix’s Stowaway, the situation is relatively simple with a fourth person accidentally boards a spacecraft for Mars that is intended for three persons.

Then it becomes a lifeboat scenario for survival. Who lives? Who dies? Is there any way to help every survive?

Here’s the official logline:

On a mission headed to Mars, an unintended stowaway accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially fatal outcome, the crew is forced to make an impossible decision.

The cast includes Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Shamier Anderson, and Toni Collette. Joe Penna directed the movie from a script written by Penna and Ryan Morrison.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta talked with director/writer Joe Penna on the sci-fi drama for Stowaway. We talked about the lifeboat situation, space production on a limited budget, and the admirable cast.

Joe Penna is a Brazilian musician and filmmaker, who burst into the entertainment world with the YouTube channel MysteryGuitarMan. The channel became one of the most subscribed channels in Brazil. By 2019, it garnered over 2.7 million subscribers and accumulated over 400 million views. In 2009, he directed an ad in collaboration with Rhett and Link titled T-Shirt War to earn directorial recognition. From the success, he went on to direct ad spots and several short films. In 2018, Artic starring Mads Mikkelsen became his feature film directorial debut that garnered enthusiastic reviews. Stowaway is his sophomore full-length feature film.

Netflix’s Stowaway is now streaming today.

Watch the exclusive interview with Joe Penna below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Netflix

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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