AMC announced today from the Television Critics Association Press Tour that it will be producing a year-round documentary series AMC Visionaries, partnering with prolific artists to unveil the untold stories and fascinating histories of pop culture genres from the masters themselves.
Two new installments under the project’s umbrella are AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of Horror (working title), to be executive-produced by award-winning horror film director, writer, producer and actor, Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel), and AMC Visionaries: Rap Yearbook (working title), to be executive-produced by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, founding members of the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop band The Roots, and Academy and Emmy Award-winning executive producer Alex Gibney. Both six-part series are slated to premiere on AMC in 2018.
Previously announced series now falling under the AMC Visionaries banner include AMC Visionaries: Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics, featuring interviews with Stan Lee, Patty Jenkins, Lynda Carter, Kevin Smith, Famke Janssen, J.K. Simmons, Michelle Rodriguez and Todd McFarlane, among others, and AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, featuring interviews with Paul W. Anderson, Roland Emmerich, Paul Verhoeven, Bryan Singer, Keanu Reeves and Jonathan Nolan, among others.
AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of Horror brings together the masters of horror – the storytellers and stars who define the genre – to explore its biggest themes and reveal the inspirations and struggles behind its past and present. Each one-hour episode will take viewers on a chilling exploration of how horror has evolved through the eras and impacted society as well as why such a loyal fan base continues to be addicted to fear. The series will be produced through Asylum Entertainment (ESPN’s 30 For 30, Nat Geo’s Breakthrough) and Marwar Junction Productions(A&E’s Autobiography, Lifetime’s I Am Elizabeth Smart).
AMC Visionaries: Rap Yearbook, based on Shea Serrano’s New York Times best-selling book The Rap Yearbook, debates, deconstructs and illuminates the most important moments and songs from the biggest years in the history of hip-hop. Each episode is centered on the story of one key song and features a special guest MC as well as a select group of core contributors including legendary rap artists, acclaimed music experts and other fresh voices. The series gives viewers a deeper understanding of what hip-hop is all about by diving into the music and its history. It’s a multi-layered exploration of what was going on in the streets, on the airwaves, and in the lives of the people who created the songs that made hip-hop one of the most important music genres in the world. The series will be produced by Jigsaw Productions, in association with Passyunk Productions and Philly Films.
“AMC Visionaries is all about going deep into areas of fan passion,” Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios said in a statement. “In addition to Robert Kirkman on comics or James Cameron on sci-fi, that AMC is going to be the home of Eli Roth’s deep dive into horror makes perfect sense given our decades-long commitment to the genre. He’ll shed light on the stories and storytellers that keep us up at night, while hip-hop royalty Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson and Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter will bring fans a unique look at the stories behind hip-hop’s global influence. We’re all in and excited for these leaders to share their vision.”
The following AMC Visionaries projects are also currently in development: AMC Visionaries: History of Video Games, AMC Visionaries: Outlaws of The Internet, and AMC Visionaries: History of Martial Arts.
AMC Visionaries is part of the network’s slate of nonfiction programming that includes Talking Dead, the No. 1 talk show on television, Talking with Chris Hardwick, the travel docu-series Ride with Norman Reedus and Comic Book Men with executive producer Kevin Smith.
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