BBC, Virgin take a plunge

Film, TV show on deep ocean trenches in the works

BBC Earth is joining Virgin Oceanic’s Five Dives expedition to produce a theatrical feature and TV series about life in the world’s deepest ocean trenches.

BBC filmmakers will travel with Virgin’s team of explorers, using ultra-high resolution cameras to generate 3D Imax quality images.

The expedition, which takes place over the next two years, will explore the Mariana Trench in the Pacific, the Puerto Rico Trench in the Atlantic, the Molloy Deep in the Arctic, the South Sandwich Trench in the Southern Ocean and the Diamantina in the Indian Ocean.

“This project will unlock the world’s greatest wilderness, allowing us to film underwater in a way that has previously been impossible,” said Neil Nightingale, creative director for BBC Earth.

“Ninety-four percent of all known life is aquatic, and this expedition will uncover never before seen behavior and footage. Quite simply, we don’t yet know exactly what we will find, but it’s potentially the most exciting project a wildlife filmmaker could work on.”

Enrepreneur Richard Branson, who will exec produce BBC Earth’s theatrical film, said, “BBC Earth is the ideal media partner for Virgin Oceanic’s Five Dives project. Key to our expedition is taking our discoveries and story to the world, and they are the world leaders in natural history film.”

“The theatrical potential of this project is incredible, the story of human endeavor and exploration, the wonder of new discovery. This is set to be our greatest film project yet,” said Amanda Hill, managing director of BBC Earth.

BBC Earth is producing three theatrical documentaries with Reliance Big Entertainment, “Walking With Dinosaurs 3D,” “One Life” and “Africa 3D.”

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