James Cameron‘s life is science fiction! Not only does the majority of his filmography as a director and a producer fit snugly in the genre, but in his off time, he’s an undersea explorer like some 21st century Captain Nemo, a character from one of the most celebrated works of science fiction ever. So he’s got authority on the subject is what we’re saying. It’s authority he’s about to put to the test as the director of Aliens, The Terminator, The Abyss, and Avatar is tackling a new TV project that will explore the history and meaning of science fiction.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cameron is developing with AMC a six-part miniseries that 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.” Each episode of the series called James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction will be an hour long, and will focus on “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 himself expanded on his excitedness about the project:
“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,” added the director. “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 [George] Lucas, [Steven] 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.”
Now we could say something about Cameron spending his time doing this when he should be working on the numerous number of sequels to Avatar he’s been promising since 2009, but we won’t. In any event, James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction will air on AMC sometime in 2018.