More interesting news from Discovery Channel today, this time it seems they’re planning on producing a high definition follow-up to Planet Earth, and they’re so committed to the project that they’ve hired Keith Scholey, the former head of the BBC’s Natural History Unit, to head up the project.
The series will once again span the globe, and will focus on each of the seven continents, one at a time. The first edition will be entitled Wild Planet: North America. The show will begin filming later this year and is expected to be a seven-part epic that will use similar camera techniques and high tech gear that were used in Planet Earth.
I don’t know about you, but I personally loved Planet Earth. It is one of my all time favorite documentaries and it was the first thing I purchased on Blu-Ray when I got a high-def player. It is stunningly beautiful, and it caught some of the most amazing outdoor scenery ever. If this new program can come anywhere close to it, I’ll be very happy. This Reuters article that teases the story doesn’t say when the show will start airing, but I’d guess we’re at least a year away if it hasn’t gone into production yet. Still, should be something to look forward to in the future.
It’s been a good week for Discovery. They announce this upcoming program just a few days after they announce they’re launching an adventure travel service in conjunction with G.A.P. Adventures as well. I guess the economic downturn isn’t effecting them the way it is the rest of us.
Thanks to Engadget HD for this one.
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