AMC Networks’ flagship channel has unveiled a documentary strand, ‘AMC Visionaries,’ which will include projects exec produced by members of hip-hop act The Roots with Alex Gibney, and Eli Roth, among others.
The ‘AMC Visionaries’ strand is designed to explore the untold stories and histories behind various pop culture genres, through the perspectives of icons within those genres. Thus, Eli Roth’s History of Horror (w/t) will be executive produced by the Hostel filmmaker, while Rap Yearbook (w/t), based on Shea Serrano’s best-selling book of the same title, is executive produced by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, founding members of The Roots, with doc-maker Alex Gibney.
The Eli Roth project will be produced through Asylum Entertainment and Marwar Junction Productions, while Rap Yearbook is produced through Jigsaw Productions with Passyunk Productions and Philly Films. Both six-part series will air on AMC in 2018.
Other projects in development within the ‘AMC Visionaries’ strand include: History of Video Games from Lightbox Entertainment; Outlaws of the Internet from Maverick TV; and History of Martial Arts, also from Asylum Entertainment. Previously announced projects being folded into the strand include Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics and James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction.
“‘AMC Visionaries’ is all about going deep into areas of fan passion,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, in a statement, adding: “We’re all in and excited for these leaders to share their vision.”
During its presentation at the TCA summer press tour, the network also announced Wicked West, a non-fiction horror anthology series from Blumhouse Films (The Jinx</>), designed to reveal “the most frightening and disturbing tales from the Wild West.” The project is part of AMC’s development slate for 2018.