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Icon Films brings “Beast Man” to Nat Geo

The UK-based producers of River Monsters are producing a new 5 x 60-minute series for National Geographic Channel (NGC) featuring biologist/explorer Pat Spain.
March 7, 2011

The UK-based producers of River Monsters are producing a new 5 x 60-minute series for National Geographic Channel (NGC) featuring biologist/explorer Pat Spain.

Icon Films’ Beast Man (or, in the U.S., Beast Hunter) follows Spain (the great nephew of scientific researcher Charles Fort, aka “the Prophet of the Unexplained”) as he travels the globe in search of the truth behind mythical monsters. Some of the legendary beasts he’ll be attempting to uncover the stories behind include the Mokele-Mbembe, the Mapinguari and the dreaded Orang Pendek.

Beast Man applies science, zoology and anthropology to understand the truth of some of the most enduring myths of the natural world” said Harry Marshall, CEO of Icon Films, in a statement. “Pat Spain comes from a scientific background but with his great uncle’s curiosity and open-mindedness, he takes the viewer on adventures into the lost wildernesses to find out what is still left for us to discover about our planet and the creatures we share it with.”

“Pat Spain is smart, dynamic and engaging,” added Steve Burns, executive vice president of content for NGC. “His enthusiasm for these mysterious beasts leaps off screen as he pushes the limits of logical understanding – and his own body – to reveal the truth behind legend.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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