Despite the genre being around on screen for 90 years, there's no doubt that science fiction films and TV series have had a boom in the last decade. Shows like The Walking Dead and Westworld, and films like Ex-Machina and Arrival have swept us away in their alternative worlds in recent years, but why exactly has the genre become so popular, and where might it go in the future? Luckily for us one of the most creative minds of the sci-fi film genre is pondering the same thoughts.
At the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour over the weekend, #AMC announced that it has greenlit a new documentary series from Avatar and Aliens director, James Cameron, with the working title James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction. The series will explore the evolution of the #sciencefiction genre.
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The series, which will debut in 2018, will consist of six hour-long episodes. Take a peek at the show description below:
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.
Given that James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction is set to screen on AMC, there's no doubt that the network's most popular series, #TheWalkingDead will feature in at least one episode. Which means hopefully audiences get to learn about how the zombie branch of sci-fi was born, and why exactly zombies have become so popular.
Speaking about his passion for the docuseries, Cameron recalled that he'd had a passion for the sci-fi genre since childhood. "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."
"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 (working title) is set to debut in 2018, but long before then The Walking Dead returns on February 12.