'Project Blue Book': Dr. Hynek's sons actively participate in keeping his legacy alive through the show
The late Dr. Hynek's two sons - Paul and Joel - have given their stamp of approval for the new show by being consulting producers on the upcoming series
With just a couple of weeks remaining before the big release of History channel's 'Project Blue Book' -- in early January 2019 -- the show, created by David O'Leary, will follow Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Aidan Gillen) and his tumultuous encounter with the titular new initiative by the United States Air Force back in the '50s. As interesting as the plot sounds - filled with conspiracies and probably alien sightings - there's also a big factor working in the production, acting as a blessing of sorts to ensure the upcoming show is a superhit. The late Dr. Hynek's two sons - Paul and Joel - have given their stamp of approval for the new show by being consulting producers on the series.
"For me, the most important thing was just that we had the Hyneks, and that [we explore] Allen Hynek's journey, who really is the eyes through which we see this whole thing," director David O'Leary shared with Entertainment Tonight. O'Leary had also reached out to the two sons of Dr. Hynek early on in the process of reenacting the riveting, thrilling story of their father on the screen. And something tells us this has worked exceptionally well, considering how not most people are thrilled about an oversensationalized portrayal of theirs, or how a loved one's portrayal on the screen can get.
Joel Hynek himself works as a visual effects supervisor, and he was also a part of the Oscar-nominated team that created the camouflage effect in 'Predator.' Joel's experience in the industry is said to have made him aware of the ins and outs of making a show fit for viewers and the screen - something that has really helped the cast and crew involved to showcase the inner workings of Project Blue Book based on real cases of over 12,000 sightings that were reported to the Project during its time between 1951 and 1952. Not only Joel, but his brother Paul has been extremely supportive too, as Gillen - known for his role of Littlefinger in 'Game of Thrones' - shared with the outlet.
Gillen also shared that the people from the Hynek family are the only characters in the show who still have their names intact, but Gillen himself was never under the pressure of getting his character right. "I've played real people before," shared Gillen, continuing: "And I've been in touch with [Hynek's sons], Joel and Paul Hynek. They understand that every episode is television drama, but it's based on history."
As for the plot, Hynek - a family man, college professor, and an astrophysicist - reportedly devoted his career to all things extraterrestrial. Charged with the title of being the only civilian involved in the original Project Blue Book and dedicating his life to explaining the unexplainable, Hynek managed to leave behind a heavy legacy after his death in 1986, and it is now up to the new show to showcase his involvement with the project, which lasted 17 years, from 1952 to 1969.
'Project Blue Book' premieres Tuesday, January 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on History, and goes into extensive detail to showcase the panic the summer of 1952 seemed to shroud itself in with people reporting abductions and several mysterious orbs of light that appeared for two consecutive weekends in the Washington, D.C. area. Laura Mennell is onboard to play the role of Mimi Hynek, Dr. Hynek's wife, while 'The Vampire Diaries' actor Michael Malarkey, plays the role of Michael Quinn - an additional character introduced to the plot, encompassing a fair few real-life Air Force captains who were in charge of the project.