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Berlin: Germany’s Universum Acquires BBC/SMG’s ‘Earth: One Amazing Day’ (EXCLUSIVE)

LONDON — Universum Film has taken the German distribution rights to feature documentary “Earth: One Amazing Day,” the sequel to 2007’s theatrical box office hit “Earth — the Movie.” The film is produced by the U.K.’s BBC Earth Films, part of BBC Worldwide, and China’s SMG Pictures, the film and television production arm of Shanghai Media Group.

“Earth: One Amazing Day,” which will be directed by the British filmmaker Peter Webber (“Girl With a Pearl Earring,” “Hannibal Rising”), tells “the story of one extraordinary day in the life of our planet, celebrating the billions of real-life dramas that occur in the natural world every single day. Using the latest innovations in filmmaking, the film promises families an immersive journey across continents, through oceans and skies, all in a single, magical day.”

“Earth: One Amazing Day,” which is slated for theatrical release next year, will be distributed in China by SMG Pictures. The movie is the first feature film to be produced under the U.K. and China film co-production treaty signed in 2014.

The original 2007 film, “Earth — The Movie,” was a box office hit in several major territories, including the U.S., Japan and Germany, and grossed $108 million worldwide. Given a theatrical release in 30 countries, it was watched by 14 million people. Distributors included Lionsgate in the U.S., U.K. and Australia.

Bernhard zu Castell, CEO of Universum Film, said: “We are excited to be on board the sequel to the most successful nature documentary in Germany ‘Earth — The Movie,’ and look forward to continuing the success story with ‘Earth: One Amazing Day.'”

Stephen McDonogh, producer for BBC Earth Films, said: “It has never been a better time to be making this movie and once again to celebrate the wonders of the natural world that inhabit this extraordinary planet we call home.”

Dongrong Zhu, director of the film department, SMG Pictures, said: “As one of the major studios in China, we are glad to work on this amazing film with BBC, and proud to showcase this ultimate adventure, a beautiful voyage to the audience around the world.”

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