The television network AMC has announced an upcoming documentary series (docuseries) from James Cameron that’ll explore the origins and evolution of science fiction. The series currently has the working title “Story of Science Fiction,” though there’s a good chance we’ll see that change by the time the show launches. Cameron, of course, is behind such notable works as Avatar, Aliens, The Terminator, and more.
Science fiction has been a reader and viewer favorite for many decades, exploring the possibility of future technologies both probable and improbable. The genre is marked with bestsellers and blockbusters, the most obvious ones being things like Star Wars and, debatably, even shows like The Walking Dead. Cameron himself has introduced a future classic in the form of Avatar.
This docuseries will be comprised of individual episodes in which Cameron will pose “big questions,” says AMC, about our own species and its existence and how it has been reflected by science fiction new and old. The episodes will explore the science fiction video game genre as well as books and movies.
Speaking about the series, Cameron said:
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.
It isn’t clear at this time when the documentary series will air.
SOURCE: AMC Networks