BBC herds elephants in ‘Thunder’ doc

Studio teams with Deeble, Stone for pic

BBC Worldwide is returning to the great outdoors for its next feature film, “Distant Thunder,” which seeks to do for elephants what the pubcaster’s “Deep Blue” theatrical doc did for the wonders of the ocean.

BBC Worldwide has formed a partnership with award-winning British wildlife filmmakers Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone to co-produce the pic. “Distant Thunder” is Worldwide’s third foray into feature production. “Deep Blue” generated $72 million in box office worldwide. The outfit’s second movie, “Earth,” is planned for worldwide release next fall.

Deeble and Stone write, direct and produce natural-history films, working in remote locations.

Credits include “The Queen of Trees,” “Mzima” and “Devilfish.”

The pair have won more than 100 international awards, including an Emmy and two Peabodys.

“Distant Thunder” was developed with the support of the Media Program of the European Community.

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