Writer and director of beloved films such as The Terminator, The Abyss, Aliens, and countless others, self-proclaimed sci-fi nerd James Cameron is set to produce and present a documentary series about the origins and inspiration behind modern science fiction.
Each episode will try to answer one of the “Big Questions” set by humankind and investigate the history of science fiction and how it evolved into the movies, books, and video games we all love today. A huge roster of incredible special guests that include the likes of Steven Spielberg (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T.), Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), George Lucas (Star Wars), Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner), and the Terminator himself Arnold Schwarzenegger will be called upon to discuss various films and novels from the genre that have been an influence and have had a major impact on their work and finally their view on the future of the genre.
In his own words:
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.
I personally am very excited to watch this series and delve into the thought process of these visionaries. What about you? Share your thoughts in the comments.