David Attenborough is lending his voice to Our Planet, Netflix’s new nature documentary series.
The show, which was announced back in 2015, is an ambitious undertaking by the streaming giant, which takes it firmly into BBC waters. Indeed, the show is produced by Silverback Films, 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. Teaming up with WWF, the documentary plans to take viewers into never-before-filmed wilderness areas, from the ice caps and deep ocean to deserts and remote forests, introducing them to the most precious species and places that must withstand the impact of humanity so generations to come can enjoy the bounties of the natural world.
Filmed in 4K across 50 countries with over 600 members of crew, the series is certainly aiming to match the BBC For scale. Now, Netflix has confirmed that it’s even following in the Beeb’s footsteps when it comes to its presenter: Sir David Attenborough will narrate the programme.
Speaking at WWF’s State of the Planet Address event in London this week, Attenborough said: “Our Planet will take viewers on a spectacular journey of discovery showcasing the beauty and fragility of our natural world. Today we have become the greatest threat to the health of our home but there’s still time for us to address the challenges we’ve created, if we act now. We need the world to pay attention. Our Planet brings together some of the world’s best filmmakers and conservationists and I’m delighted to help bring this important story to millions of people worldwide.“
Indeed, the global reach is the primary aspect that sees Netflix go one step further than the BBC, with the chance to broadcast the importance of the natural world’s protection and conservation to countries worldwide more urgent than ever. The documentary will be accompanied by a companion book, a wealth of online resources and educational programmes for schools, aiming to go beyond showcasing the wonders of our planet to reveal what humans must do now to ensure people and nature can thrive.
Fothergill says: “Our Planet is our most ambitious endeavour to date, we hope it will inspire and delight hundreds of millions of people across the world so they can understand our planet, and the environmental threat it faces, as never before… By launching on Netflix at the same time all over the world, this series will enable people to connect to and understand the shared responsibility we all have.”
Colin Butfield, Executive Director of WWF-UK and Executive Producer of Our Planet, adds: “We’re the first generation to know the full impact of what we’re doing to our planet, and the last that has the chance to do anything about it. We’re at a unique moment in our history where we have the chance to put things right and start on the path towards a better future. Our Planet will showcase the wonders of our world at the critical time when we need global action to protect it.”
Our Planet will launch on Netflix on 5th April 2019. Here’s the first teaser trailer:
Our Planet: Netflix teams up with WWF to create Planet Earth follow-up
15th April 2015
Netflix is teaming up with WWF to create a follow-up to the BBC series, Planet Earth.
The show, narrated by David Attenborough, took five years to produce and was the most expensive documentary series commissioned by the BBC. Netflix will attempt to top almost every aspect with its eight-part series.
The ambitious project, which has taken four years to produce, will take viewers into never-before-filmed wilderness areas, from the ice caps and deep ocean to deserts and remote forests, introducing them to the most precious species and places that must withstand the impact of humanity so generations to come can enjoy the bounties of the natural world.
The show is being produced by Silverback Films, 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.
WWF, the world’s leading conservation organisation, with operations in more than 100 countries and over 5 million members, is providing the Silverback team unparalleled access to its projects in protected areas around the world and will collaborate on multi-media storytelling across its web and other platforms.
Planet Earth was the first BBC nature series to be filmed in high definition, so it is only natural that Netflix should capture its wildlife footage using “the latest in 4K camera technology”.
“The Planet projects have enjoyed great success on Netflix and have helped launch new technologies for viewing at home. We think watching Our Planet, fully on-demand in 4K, will be an unforgettable experience for our members,” comments Lisa Nishimura, Vice President, Netflix Original Documentaries.
“Our Planet is going to raise the bar for natural history landmarks,” adds Alastair Fothergill, Executive Producer Silverback Films. “We will reveal the most amazing sights on Earth and show them in ways they have never been seen before. Partnering with Netflix and WWF gives us the ability to reach and enthuse global audiences with the wonder and importance of the natural world.”
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