The U.K.’s Impossible Pictures, known for its high-end special effects evident in fare like “Primeval,” is teaming up with Canadian producer Entertainment One to make a $3.5 million, six-part docu on the closing phase of WWII.
Provisionally titled “The Last War Heroes,” it will juxtapose archive film and interviews with veterans from the U.S., U.K. and Canada alongside ambitious re-creations of battle scenes.
The docu traces the Allies’ push from D-Day to Adolf Hitler’s demise in Berlin.
Skein is being made for Blighty’s Channel 4, History Television Canada and UKTV, which are all investing in the project. Distributor Cineflix Intl., another investor, will sell the skein outside the U.K. and Canada.
Filmed in HD with high-speed cameras, series will feature explosives and weapons scenes filmed at up to 1 million frames per second to demonstrate the devastating impact of the weaponry.
“We will illustrate the stories of surviving frontline combat troops with the most ambitious re-creation ever undertaken for a documentary series,” said Impossible Pictures’ exec producer Paul Wooding.
“We’ll use live bombs and ammunition in specially created environments to visualize their combat experiences and reunite them with equipment and personal kit to re-ignite their memories and appreciate how they lived in extreme weather without shelter and survived mentally under fire.”
“The Last War Heroes” is expected to be completed by late fall.
Impossible Pictures was founded by Tim Haines, who created the BBC’s “Walking With Dinosaurs.”