BBC Earth, the global natural history division of BBC Worldwide, and India’s Reliance Big Entertainment have agreed to a three-film partnership that will bring “Walking With Dinosaurs 3D,” “Africa 3D,” and the new documentary, “Life,” to screens around the world. Distribution for the films will be taken over by IM Global, Reliance’s international film sales and financing subsidiary.
“Walking With Dinosaurs 3D,” a $65 million dollar live action feature based on the massively popular BBC series, will be the first theatrical co-production under the new partnership. The film is being directed by Pierre de Lespinois, from 3D studio Evergreen Films, alongside BBC Earth’s Neil Nightingale. The production will also include the collaboration of Academy Award winning animation house Animal Logic and leading animation producer Jinko Gotoh. The film tells the story of a dinosaur family that becomes separated during migration, following them on their path to a reunion during the Cretaceous period. Evergreen Films will also be involved with the following film on the slate,”Africa 3D,” a $25 million dollar documentary feature that will complement the upcoming BBC series of the same name.
“Life,” a feature documentary based on the recently released BBC series, is currently in post-production and scheduled for a 2011 theatrical release. The film, co-directed by Mike Gunton and Martha Holmes, follows several different stories from the animal kingdom and tracks a generation of animals from their own birth.
“By partnering with Reliance BIG Entertainment we have the opportunity to realise [sic] a long held ambition of making BBC Earth 3D feature films,” noted Marcus Arthur, BBC Worldwide’s Managing Director of Global Brands, on the partnership. “‘Earth’ demonstrated the huge appetite of audiences for quality natural history filmmaking and the 3D experience of ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ and ‘Africa’ will allow audiences to immerse themselves in our incredible content as never before.”
Distributor IM Global will launch international sales for the films at Santa Monica’s forthcoming American Film Market.