AMC has greenlit a six-episode documentary series from James Cameron which will chronicle the evolution of the Science Fiction genre (via CBR). Which isn't surprising given he helped revolutionize the genre with the Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), the Abyss (1989), and Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991). Here's what Cameron said on the subject: "I saw '2001: A Space Odyssey' many, many times. ... 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, with this series, we are going back to the origins of sci-fi, following the DNA of these ideas back to the source."
Cameron also talks about how the series will look back at the forefathers of the genre: H.G. Wells and Jules Verne: "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."
By doing this docu-series it'll probably delay the sequels to Dances with Smurfs Avatar. I mean that's what this always means. Him going on to a project delays this project. Sort of the cause and.. Wait--he did that? Yeah, that's right. Damn is that movie so damn forgettable. I mean it really is, save for Stephen Lang's military guy. Damn he needs to rediscover himself more than George Lucas himself, thinking effects trump story. I'm so getting off tangent now.
James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction" will debut in 2018.