We’re already expecting some Ridley Scott-tinged TV in the form of a BBC adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s The Man In The High Castle. Add to that the rather different, but still potentially interesting Prophets of Science Fiction. Here’s an explanation of what the show has to offer from the press release:
[An] eight-episode series that will profile great minds of science fiction who later inspired “science fact.” Prophets of Science Fiction explores legendary figures; including Isaac Asimov, Gene Roddenberry and George Lucas, and examines how their work often inspired future discoveries decades before they took place… The series, which will premiere in the second half of 2011, will engage audiences in a dynamic, hyper-stylized way that has never been seen before on television.
Okay. Not the best explanation. There is also a quote from Mr. Scott:
I am thrilled to be partnering with Science Channel on this exciting new series. I hope that the audience will find the subjects as interesting and inspiring as I do.
It would be my interest in science that draws me to this show, I’d guess, not any “dynamic, hyper-stylized” presentation. It will be these “interesting and inspiring” subjects that make break the show… so… having said that… George Lucas? Really? I didn’t think he was any kind of futurist.
While we’re on the subject of Mr. Scott and his non-fiction projects, another press release was doing the rounds today. His collaboration with Kevin McDonald, the crowd-sourced video-diary compendium Life in a Day, has a premiere slot at Sundance. The twist this time is that the film will also be streamed twice on a YouTube page, once at the same time as the premiere, then again the following day, and apparently for free.