"James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction" is a documentary series on AMC from James Cameron, the acclaimed filmmaker behind legendary sci-fi films "The Terminator," "Aliens," "The Abyss," "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" and "Avatar." The series explores the evolution of sci-fi from its origins as a small genre with a cult following to the blockbuster pop-cultural phenomenon we know today.

From "Star Wars" and "Avatar" to "The Hunger Games" and "The Walking Dead," sci-fi has become a cornerstone of pop culture. In each episode, Cameron introduces one of the "Big Questions" that humankind has contemplated throughout the ages, and reaches back into sci-fi's past to better understand how our favorite films, TV shows, books, and video games were born, and where the genre — and our species — might be going in the future. Cameron and his contemporaries, who have helped to fuel sci-fi's spectacular growth over the last several decades, debate the merits, meanings, and impacts of the films and novels that influenced them.

Before James Cameron became one of the most successful and accomplished filmmakers of his generation, he was a self-proclaimed "sci-fi nerd." "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," said Cameron. "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," added Cameron. "With this series, we are going back to the origins of sci-fi, following the DNA of these ideas back to the source. 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."

"James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction" is produced by Left/Right. Executive producers are James Cameron, Maria Wilhelm, Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver. Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), which houses the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, is consulting on the series.


FACTS

Network: AMC
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: 2018
Seasons: 1
Production Company: Left/Right




AMC Greenlights 'James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction' — From the acclaimed filmmaker, the new documentary series explores the evolution of sci-fi from its origins as a small genre with a cult following to the blockbuster pop-cultural phenomenon we know today. Read more...





 
 
 
 
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