New Series from James Cameron to Explore Sci-Fi History

James Cameron and AMC are going to tell the story of science fiction.

James Cameron directing Avatar

AMC revealed on Saturday (January 14) at the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter presentation in Los Angeles that James Cameron will produce a six-hour documentary series on the history and impact of science fiction. Titled James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, the show’s six one-hour episodes will explore the evolution of the genre from its published origins to today’s modern screen franchises.

Cameron said, “When I was a kid, I basically read any book with a spaceship on the cover and I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey many, many times. The movie inspired me to become a filmmaker. I liked the special effects, but I really loved the ideas and the questions behind them: How will the world end? Will technology destroy us? What does it mean to be human? These are subjects sci-fi has never been afraid to tackle.”

Each episode will start with a “Big Question” that humanity has confronted and then detail how sci-fi has handled that question, while also outlining the genre’s history through films, books, TV shows and more. The series will also feature discussions between Cameron and his contemporaries about their own favorite films and novels, and the impact those works have had on their own output.

“With this series, we are going back to the origins of sci-fi, following the DNA of these ideas back to the source,” added Cameron, whose own sci-fi classics include The Terminator, Aliens and Avatar. “Without Jules Verne and H.G. Wells there wouldn’t have been Ray Bradbury or Robert A. Heinlein, and without them, there wouldn’t be Lucas, Spielberg, Ridley Scott or me. As a filmmaker who specializes in science fiction, I’m interested in exploring the struggles and the triumphs that brought these incredible stories to life and seeing how art imitates life, as well as how science fiction imitates and sometimes informs science.”

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Sounds promising. There’s no premiere date set, but we expect to see the show sometime in 2017.

Source: The Wrap