HOLLYWOOD — AMC is hooking up with World of Wonder for “Movies That Shook the World,” a half-hour docu series about how some pivotal pics sparked change in society.
Cabler has greenlit nine episodes of the series, which will focus on how certain films became cultural watermarks. Among the pics featured are “The Graduate,” “Birth of a Nation,” “Do the Right Thing,” “Fatal Attraction” and “The China Syndrome.”
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato will exec produce.
AMC has refocused its doc strategy to center on topical subjects with recent longforms “Rated R: Republicans in Hollywood” and “Hollywood and the Muslim World.” Upcoming documentaries tackle a range of issues, including how the movies and the Vietnam War affected each other. Cabler also recently partnered with ABC News to co-produce a series of docs on newsworthy entertainment issues.
“Movies That Shook the World” is a “synthesis of our documentary strategy,” said AMC senior veep Rob Sorcher. “This show keeps the flavor of our longer-form docs going on a weekly basis, the common thread being that they all show the power and impact movies have on pop culture and vice versa.”
Providing commentary during the series are Spike Lee, Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Debbie Allen, Buck Henry, Daily Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart, Katharine Ross, Sherry Lansing, Anne Archer and Roger Ebert.
“Movies That Shook the World” is the fourth production in AMC’s lineup of originals, joining “Celebrity Charades,” “Sunday Morning Shootout” and “Movie Club With John Ridley.”