Environmental renovation of a town will be featured in Leonardo DiCaprio-produced series E-topia

Leonardo DiCaprio is the executive produce and co-creator of a reality series that “will chronicle the eco-friendly reconstruction of an American town as it is transformed into a ”green’ utopia of tomorrow,'” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

E-Topia is “being shopped to broadcast networks” and “will document the monthslong endeavor in a town yet to be determined as teams of construction workers and laborers unaccustomed to the demands of a ‘green’ lifestyle work with passionate eco-idealists, planners and architects.”

Executive producer Craig Piligian, a co-executive producer on Survivor, said, “We’re going to take a devastated community and help transform it as a prototype for the future. At the end of the day, we’re all going to have to change the way we live, the way we burn and use fuel … We’re trying to show the country and the world by example, town by town by town, how we can change the way we live and fight global warming.”

The paper notes that both Hurricane Katrina and Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth prompted the development of the series; Piligian and another producer “brought the idea to DiCaprio, a high-profile environmental advocate, who signed on as co-creator and executive producer.”

Appian Way going green with ‘E-topia’ [The Hollywood Reporter]

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