Bill Nye is coming to the big screen!

The man who taught science to millions of '90s kids will soon be arriving at your local movie theater

Published June 14, 2017 10:37AM (EDT)

Bill Nye   (Getty/Noam Galai)
Bill Nye (Getty/Noam Galai)

If you're a child of the '90s, chances are that you were aware of Bill Nye, the self-proclaimed "science guy" from the hit TV show called, well, "Bill Nye the Science Guy".

And if you were a nerdy child of the '90s, the chances are you quasi-worshipped Nye (okay, perhaps "worship" is the wrong word when paying respect to an agnostic, but you get the gist).

Now the glories of Bill Nye's quirky, cerebral science lessons can be brought to moviegoers of all ages throughout America. The documentary "Bill Nye: Science Guy," which premiered earlier this year at SXSW, has had its North American distribution rights picked up by PBS with the plan of releasing it in theaters throughout the country, according to a report by Deadline Hollywood.

The documentary shows how Nye has used his celebrity to advance the cause of the The Planetary Society, of which he serves as CEO. The organization was "cofounded by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray and Louis Friedman, the organization’s mission is to empower the world’s citizens to advance space science and exploration," according to their website.

The film shows Nye taking charge of a mission to launch a solar powered satellite and advocate for science education in general. It will then premiere on TV in 2018 as part of PBS' documentary series "POV". That show's director and executive producer Justine Nagan said, "Many of us grew up with Bill Nye The Science Guy. He loved science, and he inspired a whole generation of kids to share that passion through his PBS show. Now, as champion for climate science, this film will spark dialogue across ideological lines."

It includes guest stars like Joe Bastardi, Heather Berlin, Francis Collins, Ann Druyan, Ken Ham, Michael Mann, Eugenie Scott, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Jim White.


By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a professional writer whose work has appeared in multiple national media outlets since 2012 and exclusively at Salon since 2016. He specializes in covering science and history, and is particularly passionate about climate change, animal science, disability rights, plastic pollution and a wide range of political issues. He has interviewed many prominent figures (reflecting his diverse interests) including President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001), animal scientist and autism activist Temple Grandin, inventor Ernő Rubik, epidemiologist Monica Gandhi, theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin, mRNA vaccine pioneer Katalin Karikó, philosopher of science Vinciane Despret, actor George Takei ("Star Trek"), climatologist Michael E. Mann, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson (2012, 2016), actress Cady McClain ("All My Children"), Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman (2000), Ambassador Michael McFaul (2012-2014), economist Richard Wolff, director Kevin Greutert ("Saw VI"), model Liskula Cohen, actor Rodger Bumpass ("SpongeBob Squarepants"), Senator John Hickenlooper (2021-present), American Public Health Association Executive Director Georges Benjamin (2002-present), comedian Bill Burr ("F Is for Family"), novelist James Patterson ("The President's Daughter"), comedian David Cross ("Scary Movie 2") and right-wing insurrectionist Roger Stone.

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