National Geographic Channel has set a June 5 air date for a series about mavericks and outsiders whose actions impacted history from executive producer Doug Liman.
Produced by The Bourne Identity helmer and producer Dave Bartis’ Hypnotic and National Geographic Studios, I Am Rebel recounts stories using first-person interviews and recreations that blur fiction and documentary techniques.
“Each story reveals the lightning bolts of change that can emerge from the fringes of counterculture, effecting change that reverberates through history,” the U.S. cable net said in a statement.
Subjects profiled in the show include Louis Moore, whose part in a hijacking of a Southern Airways flight in 1972, partially in response to earlier racially motivated threats made against him by police in Detroit, led to airport security screening procedures; and Alexander Shulgin, a chemist who introduced MDMA to psychologists for therapeutic uses in the late 1970s – a drug that would take the club world by storm under the name of ‘Ecstasy.’
I Am Rebel will premiere globally on National Geographic Channels and on Nat Geo Mundo in the fall.
Liman and Hypnotic are also working on an eight-part series about hostage crises for Netflix.