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AMC Greenlights James Cameron Docuseries About The Evolution Of Sci-Fi by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Review by Charles Mohapel
The Hollywood Reporter, News  ISBN/ITEM#: CM170115CAMERON
Date: 15 January 2017

Links: The Hollywood Reporter Article / Press Release / -- James Cameron /

It's only halfway into January 2017 and we're already looking forward to 2018, thanks to AMC giving the green light to a 6-part docuseries by director James Cameron on the evolution of Sci-Fi from Niche Market to Mainstream.

Photo by Jean Cummings -- © 2009 Jean Cummings -- Image courtesy

AMC has ordered a new documentary series from James Cameron that will explore the evolution of Sci-Fi.

Tentatively titled James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction, the six-episode series will delve into Sci-Fi's origins as a small genre with a cult and developing to the blockbuster pop-culture phenomenon it is today.  The show is slated to debut in 2018.

In each hourlong episode, the Avatar director will introduce one of the "big questions" that humankind has contemplated throughout the ages and reach 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, also will debate the merit, meaning, and impact of the films and novels that influenced them.

"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?"


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