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BSkyB, Atlantic greenlight ‘Galapagos 3D’

David Attenborough to write, present nature docu

U.K. satcaster BSkyB and Atlantic have greenlit another ambitious 3D natural history film written and narrated by the doyen of the genre, David Attenborough.

“Galapagos 3D” is the first film to be produced by BSkyB and Atlantic’s joint venture, Colossus. In common with the pair’s other 3D projects, the film will air on Sky 3D as a three-part show in late 2012, Attenborough’s 60th year working in TV, and then get an international theatrical release.

Attenborough, who normally works for the BBC, said he was especially keen to make the film because the animals on the remote Galapagos Islands, set in the Pacific, tend not to be afraid of humans. This makes filming in 3D viable as it is not possible to film in the format with long-distance lenses.

He said, “You can walk among the creatures carrying your own snap-shot cameras or even a 3D rig and they won’t go away. They continue behaving in just the way that they would do naturally. It’s a natural for 3D.”

Film follows his “Flying Monsters 3D,” which aired on Sky 3D in May, and “Bachelor King 3D,” which will preem on the channel Dec. 31, before a theatrical run.

Atlantic topper Anthony Geffen said he expects to announce a distributor soon for “Bachelor King 3D,” a family-friendly fictionalized story involving the breeding cycle of a penguin in South Georgia.

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