Showtime has ordered a documentary series on the human impact of climate change, for 2012, exec-produced by two enormous Hollywood egos, two “60 Minutes” producers, one former California governor, and a partridge in a pear tree.
“Years of Living Dangerously” is literally polluted with exec producers, including James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, “60 Minutes” producers Joel Bach and David Gelber, and climate expert Daniel Abbasi.
“60 Minutes” is a CBS newsmag — CBS being the owner of Showtime.
Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Alec Baldwin are set to narrate “Years of Living Dangerously,” though Ed Norton may jump on board too, Showtime said in Monday’s announcement.
Reporting for the project: New York Times journalists Thomas Friedman, Nicholas Kristof, and columnist Mark Bittman, as well as MSNBC host and political commentator Chris Hayes.
Abbasi is founder of GameChange Capital, a venture capital firm funding low-carbon solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“We’ll make it exciting. We’ll make it investigative. We’ll bring people the truth…people are always hungry for the truth,” Cameron swash-buckled in Monday’s announcement. Cameron’s sci-fi flick “Avatar” included themes of the havoc wrought by civilization on the planet, Showtime reminded us.
“The recent devastation on the East Coast is a tragic reminder of the direct link between our daily lives and climate change,” Showtime entertainment president David Nevins said, more cautiously.
Schwarzenegger had no statement, but, as Governator, he’s the guy who takes credit for enacting the nation’s largest greenhouse gas emissions trading program. Schwarzenegger recently announced plans to establish the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, devoted to seeking bipartisan solutions to environmental, economic, and other public policy issues, with him on the think tank board and holding a public policy professorship at the school.