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Netflix continues to round out its slate of original non-fiction programming, this time with one of its biggest documentary projects yet. The streaming video service has ordered the eight-part nature docu-series Our Planet from the creators of BBC’s Planet Earth.
Filmed in Ultra HD 4K, Our Planet will explore remote parts of world and feature rare animals almost never seen by human eyes. The series will be produced by Silverback Films, with Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey leading the project. The filmmaking duo previously developed the documentaries Planet Earth, Blue Planet, and Frozen Planet for BBC, which later aired in the U.S. on the Discovery Channel.
Additionally, wildlife conservation organization WWF will assist in the creation of Netflix’s Our Planet series. WWF will provide the Silverback team access to protected habitats for filming purposes. The organization will also work with the production company to develop Our Planet-inspired multimedia content for various platforms. »
- Bree Brouwer
When Planet Earth first screened on the BBC back in 2006, audiences were transfixed. Offering unprecedented access to some of the world’s most elusive animals and wildlife, the documentary irrefutably raised the bar for the genre of nature documentaries and its lofty production values still set the precedent years later.
Almost a decade on, though, and it seems Netflix is hoping to emulate on its success with the eight-part natural history series Our Planet, which has been described by producers as the largest project of its kind ever attempted, projecting content from the four corners of the world in 4K resolution. Due to film over the course of four years, the online giant stated that it plans to have the series available to stream by 2019.
- Michael Briers
Our Planet will be an eight-part documentary series that will premiere in 2019 in collaboration with Silverback Films.
The four-year project will focus on never-before-filmed wilderness areas and its animal inhabitants, including ice caps, deep oceans, deserts and remote forests, and will use the latest in 4K camera technology.
It will be led by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, who created Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and Blue Planet for the BBC, as well as the Disneynature films Earth, Bears, African Cats and Chimpanzee.
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