The amount of auteurs in the fields of film and television is vast, and any time we can glean even a little bit of their process the better we are for it. On April 30th, a new series called AMC: Visionaries: James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction will kick off insightful conversations with influential filmmakers and actors from the realm of sci-fi, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ridley Scott, Guillermo del Toro, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, and we have a look at several videos from the new series:
Press Release: The series premiere of “AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction,” debuts on Monday, April 30th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. On the premiere episode, “Alien Life,” Science fiction is filled with explorations of alien life. What can aliens teach us about what it means to be human? This episode highlights cinematic works and franchises such as Alien, Arrival, Avatar, District 9, and E.T., among others.
AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction is a uniquely intimate, insiders' look at the origins of the genre that has become a cornerstone of popular culture. Throughout each episode of the six-part television series, Academy Award®-winning writer, director and producer James Cameron explores science fiction’s roots, futuristic vision and our fascination with its ideas through interviews with A-list storytellers, stars and others whose careers have defined the field, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Smith and Sigourney Weaver, among some 100 other series’ participants. Cameron takes us on a journey of discovery and exploration, helping us understand where science fiction’s ideas came from — and where they’re taking us.
AMC Visionaries is a year-round documentary series in which groundbreaking artists curate and author the untold stories and fascinating histories of their respective genres. In addition to 2017’s AMC Visionaries: Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics, previously announced series falling under the AMC Visionaries banner include the upcoming AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of Horror and AMC Visionaries: Hip Hop Yearbook, executive produced by Black Thought and Questlove of The Roots.
“AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction” is executive produced by James Cameron, Maria Wilhelm, and Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver of Left/Right TV. The series is co-executive produced by showrunner Jeff Cooperman and Mike Mezaros.
AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed programs on television. AMC was the first basic cable network to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series with “Mad Men” in 2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before “Breaking Bad” won it in 2013 and 2014. The network’s series “The Walking Dead” is the highest-rated series in cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last five years. AMC’s other current original drama series include “Better Call Saul,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Into the Badlands,” “Humans,” “Preacher,” “The Son,” “McMafia,” “The Terror” and the forthcoming “Dietland,” “Lodge 49” and “The Little Drummer Girl.” AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like “Talking Dead,” “Talking With Chris Hardwick,” “Comic Book Men,” “AMC Visionaries” and “Ride with Norman Reedus.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.
Photos courtesy of Michael Moriatis / AMC: