With Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) covering the history of comic books, AMC is going to another heavy-hitter to tell the story of science fiction: James Cameron, director of legendary sci-fi films The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Avatar. Originally announced in early 2017, James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction will examine how science fiction has evolved from its humble beginnings as a niche genre with a cult following to the impact it’s made across the entirety of the pop culture landscape today.
Set to premiere on AMC in 2018 and consisting of six one-hour episodes, the recently released teaser gives us a much better idea of who’s joining Cameron on this journey:
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 of James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, 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.
For his part, Cameron is a self-proclaimed “sci-fi nerd” who believes that throughout history, science fiction has always done an amazing job of predicting and influencing science fact:
“These are subjects sci-fi has never been afraid to tackle. 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.”
Produced by Left/Right, James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction is executive produced by Cameron, Maria Wilhelm, Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver. Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (home of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame) will serve as a consulting body on the series.