'Blue Planet' success leads to 'Planet Earth'

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain — BBC Worldwide and Germany’s Greenlight Media are coming up from the oceans in “Blue Planet” and advancing on “Planet Earth” as the potential second theatrical doc in their co-production deal for five natural history event pics.

“Planet Earth” will offer “the definitive story of our planet,” BBC Worldwide factual IPM director Alix Tidmarsh told Daily Variety at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

“Earth,” which is greenlit as a 10-part, 10-hour docu series for the BBC with Japan’s NHK as a major co-producer, would reteam “Deep Blue” directors Alastair Fothergill and Andy Byatt and composer George Fenton, said BBC Worldwide chief executive Rupert Gavin.

“Having done the sea, the idea is to combine very high quality photography and the latest camera technology so that can we take the viewer to places to see things which will blow their minds,” Gavin said.

“Planet Earth” is in the early stages of research, Tidmarsh added.

A theatrical version of the BBC ocean series “Blue Planet,” “Deep Blue” world preemed at San Sebastian to applause Saturday.

“Deep Blue” has pre-sold to France (Bac Films), Germany (Kinowelt), Spain (Wanda/Forta) and Japan (TFC).

BBC/Greenlight is talking to several distribs in the U.S. for a deal on “Deep Blue.”

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