Commenting on his involvement, Brolin stated, “This ambitious television series captures the complex nature of man. How we as a species succeeded, shaped the world and thrived against all odds. HISTORY has always been committed to developing superb productions, combined with compelling educational programs that strive to inspire people to learn more about our world.”
“Mankind The Story of All of Us has the same spirit and daring storytelling that made America the Story of Us such a phenomenal success. But this time we’re going even bigger. This series will redefine history as we know it for people throughout the world – how it’s told, how it’s watched, taught and how it is experienced,” said Nancy Dubuc, President, Entertainment and Media, A+E Networks.
“It takes nine billion years for the ideal planet to form, four billion more for the right conditions to emerge before it finally happens: mankind begins. From the dawning of time, mankind has faced numerous obstacles and made surprising leaps forward. In an epic overview of the human race, this fast paced story of us is history like viewers have never seen before. Each event has been chosen because it’s a key turning point— a stepping stone in our journey from hunter-gatherer to global citizen. Our story is all about connections— why some ideas take hold and spread around the world and how the lives of people in one part of the world are shaped by events in another.
Key points covered throughout the series include: surviving the Ice Age, discovering farming techniques, the sacking of Rome, empire-building under Genghis Kahn, inventing movable type, discovering the New World, the fall of the Aztec Empire, creating the Industrial Revolution, exploring space, re-engineering the human body and so much more. This is our story, a story of triumph and overcoming adversity. It is the story of all of us.
Mankind is a brutal fight for survival. The odds were against us at every turn – over 99% of all species of the earth have gone extinct. This series examines what is unique about us to have made humans the dominant species on the planet. This is a story of survival on a harsh brutal planet – against all odds, we survived.”
Source: History Channel