WASHINGTON (Aug. 31, 2010)—National Geographic Entertainment’s Cinema Ventures (NGCV) group has acquired the film “Flying Monsters 3D,” a new adventure from award-winning Atlantic Productions in association with Sky 3D. The film uses 3-D and CGI technology to immerse audiences in a prehistoric world inhabited by pterosaurs, flying vertebrates with a wingspan of up to 45 feet that lived alongside dinosaurs. Produced by filmmaker Anthony Geffen and narrated by veteran filmmaker and renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough, the film is scheduled for launch around the world in 2011.
Applying the same state-of-the-art 3-D CGI technology that was used recently in “Avatar,” “Flying Monsters” also will employ pioneering scientific techniques that reveal new details about pterosaurs. From discovering pterosaur embryos that show they might have flown from birth to figuring out how a creature the size of a giraffe could possibly fly, “Flying Monsters” will resolve mysteries that have intrigued scientists for more than two centuries.
In fall 2007, NGCV produced and released in 3-D and 2-D “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure,” a groundbreaking film that has become one of the highest grossing giant screen films ever. When it premiered, “Sea Monsters” was the first original giant screen film to release simultaneously in IMAX and digital 3-D theaters and had the largest day-and-date release for an original giant screen film in industry history.
“We have high hopes that ‘Flying Monsters’ will build on the soaring box office success of ‘Sea Monsters,'” said Mark Katz, president, distribution, NGCV.
“It’s almost as if this animated 3-D technology was created to tell our story. With a pterosaur’s eye-view of a hyper-real prehistoric Earth in 3-D CGI, our audience will see the challenges of survival, including courtship, flying and hunting,” said Anthony Geffen, who also produced and directed the recently released and widely praised 35mm and giant screen National Geographic film “The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest,” the dramatic story of George Mallory’s attempt to become the first person to summit Mount Everest.
“3-D is a wonderful way of seeing the world as the pterosaurs did,” said David Attenborough. “Pterosaurs are the most unlikely of creatures, but they dominated the skies for millions of years, and now this film will enable us to fly in 3-D with them, the largest flying creatures the world has ever known.”
“For National Geographic it begins and ends with a compelling story, stunning visual images and factual accuracy,” said Lisa Truitt, president, NGCV. “‘Flying Monsters’ is the right movie to push those values while providing the best 3-D entertainment experience possible for families.”
About Atlantic Productions
Atlantic Productions is one of the world’s leading factual production companies whose films have been seen around the world. Atlantic’s award-winning and acclaimed films and series include “The Promised Land” (BBC/Discovery), “The Greeks: Crucible of Civilisation” (BBC/PBS), “Munich: Mossad’s Revenge” (Channel 4/Discovery/La7/FremantleMedia), “Predator X” (History/ZDF/NRK/ BBC Worldwide), “Egypt Unwrapped” (National Geographic Channel/Five/FremantleMedia), and “The Link” (History/BBC/ZDF/NRK). Since it was founded in 1992, Atlantic has sought fresh ways to tell often complex stories, embracing new techniques and technologies and building pioneering cross-platform projects. Atlantic’s theatrical feature documentary “The Wildest Dream,” produced with Altitude Films, released in 2010 by National Geographic Entertainment and Serengeti Entertainment into theaters and giant screen theaters around the world. For more information, visit www.atlanticproductions.co.uk.
About National Geographic Entertainment
National Geographic Entertainment (NGE) combines into a single operating group National Geographic Films (NGF), National Geographic Cinema Ventures (NGCV), Kids Entertainment and Music & Radio. In 2005 NGF co-presented the Academy Award-winning “March of the Penguins.” National Geographic World Films co-presented both the 2004 Oscar-nominated film “The Story of the Weeping Camel,” which received the Director’s Guild Award for best documentary and was nominated for an Academy Award, and Lu Chuan’s “Mountain Patrol: Kekexili.” NGCV released the 3-D concert film “U2 3D” to critical acclaim and set giant-screen box office records with “Mysteries of Egypt” and “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure.” In 2009 NGCV released “Amreeka,” which was nominated for the Best Picture Gotham Independent Film Award and the Independent Spirit Award. In 2010 NGCV released the critically praised “Restrepo,” which won the Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary Award. Currently in release is “The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest.”
Daniel Battsek is president of NGF, Lisa Truitt is president of NGCV, and Mark Katz is president of NGCV Distribution.
NGE is part of National Geographic Global Media, bringing together all of National Geographic’s editorial platforms to streamline collaboration and support the Society’s mission. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” National Geographic works to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 375 million people worldwide each month through magazines, books, digital media, television, radio, music, film and live events. It funds over 250 scientific research, exploration and conservation projects each year and supports an education program promoting geography literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.