Hollywood talent unites behind climate change series

A team of American news journalists and Hollywood producers and actors have joined forces to produce Years of Living Dangerously, a documentary series on climate change that will air on Showtime in 2013. (Pictured: James Cameron)
December 4, 2012

A team of Hollywood producers and American journalists have joined forces to produce a documentary series on climate change that will air on U.S. cable network Showtime in 2013.

Years of Living Dangerously, which will explore the impact of and seek solutions to global warming in six-to-eight hour-long episodes, is being executive produced by James Cameron (pictured above), Jerry Weintraub, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 60 Minutes producers Joel Bach and David Gelber, and climate change expert Daniel Abbasi.

Actors Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Alec Baldwin have signed on to narrate, and more celebrity talent, including Edward Norton, is expected to be announced soon.

The series will feature reporting from New York Times journalists Thomas Friedman, Nicholas Kristof and columnist Mark Bittman, and MSNBC political commentator Chris Hayes, among others.

“The recent devastation on the East Coast is a tragic reminder of the direct link between our daily lives and climate change,” said Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins in a statement.

“This series presents a unique opportunity to combine the large-scale filmmaking styles of James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger – arguably some of Hollywood’s biggest movie makers – with the hard-hitting, intimate journalism of 60 Minutes veterans Joel Bach and David Gelber.”

“We’ll make it exciting,” added Cameron. “We’ll make it investigative. We’ll bring people the truth. And people are always hungry for the truth.”

Additional executive producers on the series are Maria Wilhelm and Solly Granatstein, and Dr. Joseph Romm of will serve as technical adviser.

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