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Exclusive first look: James Cameron joins Spielberg, Lucas for AMC’s ‘Story of Science Fiction’ series

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Apr 6, 2018, 5:22 PM EDT (Updated)

Leave it to James Cameron to round up an amazing collection of creative minds for what promises to be a deep and introspective look into the origins of science fiction. AMC is preparing the launch of Cameron’s six-part documentary series AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, and SYFY WIRE has you covered with this exclusive first look ahead of the April 30 premiere.

The Oscar-winning director of The Terminator, Aliens, Avatar, and a whole box office-breaking catalog of other little movies you may have heard of is sitting down with some of the genre’s most decorated names for “a journey of discovery and exploration” in order to help us “understand where science fiction’s ideas came from — and where they’re taking us,” AMC says. Get a preview in the teaser below:

How exhaustive is Cameron’s trip into the genre’s storied past?

“Throughout each episode of the six-part television series, [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,” says AMC, “including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Guillermo del Toro, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Smith, and Sigourney Weaver, among some 100 other series participants.”

Whoa — now that’s a lineup that definitely has our attention. To check out more video previews of the one-on-one talks Cameron will be sharing with some of the genre's biggest luminaries, head on over AMC's landing page.

Cameron’s deep dive into sci-fi for AMC is part of the network’s larger, ongoing AMC Visionaries documentary series, which follows fascinating threads into the origins of entertainment’s varied genres. Thankfully, there are plenty more installments besides Cameron’s that also get into some subjects we hold dear — including AMC Visionaries: Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics, as well as the upcoming AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of Horror.

AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction will premiere on April 30 at 10 p.m. ET.