David Lowery Set to Direct TV Show About a Sex Occultist Who Helped Invent Rocket Science. TCA: The new series about Jack Parsons is part of the latest slate of CBS All Access original programming.
CBS All Access announced at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday that their latest slate of original programming will include “Strange Angel,” a new show following the life of Jack Parsons.
The series, created by “Black Swan” writer Mark Heyman, will chart the life of Parsons, who helped to pioneer rocket engineering in America. As chronicled in George Pendle’s 2006 book, Parsons was “a mysterious and brilliant man in 1940s Los Angeles, who by day helps birth the entirely unknown discipline of American rocketry, and by night is a performer of sex magick rituals and a disciple to occultist Aleister Crowley,” per a CBS All Access release.
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Drama series Strange Angel explores the dramatic intersection between genius and madness, science and science fiction. The story follows the life of Jack Parsons, a mysterious and brilliant man in 1940s Los Angeles, who by day helps birth the entirely unknown discipline of American rocketry and by night is a performer of sex magic rituals and a disciple to occultist Aleister Crowley. The series, which is based on George Pendle’s book of the same name, was created by Mark Heyman, who will write and executive-produce with David DiGilio, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Clayton Krueger, and David Lowery, who will also direct.