MacGillivray dives into ‘Ocean’ project

$25 million feature doc, TV series will be released in 2015

MacGillivray Freeman Films is developing “One World Ocean,” a $25 million feature documentary and TV series about the world’s five oceans, and has set a 2015 release date.

MacGillivray Freeman plans to start production on “One World Ocean” this fall in the South Pacific and spend the next four years gathering images and stories of marine wildlife and mankind’s relationship to the sea in 40 locations. The banner said the formats will include a 40-minute Imax 3D film, an eight-part 3D television series, a 90-minute 3D theatrical documentary and an online web series.

The company said it will spend $10 million on a marketing and educational program to drive public awareness.

“One World Ocean” will be shot in the Antarctic, Arctic, Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans with as many as six different production teams.

Producer/director Greg MacGillivray has produced or directed 36 giant-screen Imax films during the past four decades, including two nominated for the Oscar for docu short (“The Living Sea” and “Dolphins”).

“If we don’t shake people up now with what’s happening to our oceans, we’re not going to have the same magical oceans left in 40 years,” he said. “Marine scientists predict that by 2050 there will be no more large fish left in the ocean if we don’t change our relationship with the sea.”

MacGillivray Freeman’s giant-screen documentaries have grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide, led by 1998’s “Everest” with nearly $150 million.

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