Jane Root’s transatlantic production company Nutopia has landed its first commission from U.S. cable net Discovery Channel, for an hour-long documentary to air as part of the network’s annual Shark Week.
Nutopia will begin shooting Rogues (1 x 60 minutes) in early April, for transmission as part of Shark Week either this year or in 2012. The doc promises a CSI-style take on the aquatic genre, mixing real-life accounts of shark attacks with a scientific, detective approach.
The project is being executive produced for the indie by Phil Craig, who previously exec produced Shark Week documentary Ocean of Fear: Worst Shark Attack Ever for Nutopia founder Root, when she ran Discovery Channel in 2007.
Talking to realscreen, Craig said the film would aim to bring a “fresh new level of visual imagination” to the natural history genre. “A lot of the shark dramas I’ve shot before have been very visceral; however, with Rogues we’re really looking to capture a sort of CSI moment,” he said.
“With the footage, we’ll be looking to freeze the moment and explore things from the point of view of the shark. We want to bring a fresh approach to the genre, as we did with American history [via America: The Story of Us].”
Craig added that the film would examine five or six important shark attacks to explore the notion of sharks turning ‘rogue.’
The documentary is being directed by Gareth Johnson (Sharkbite Beach), and the exec producer for Discovery is Brooke Runnette.
Shark Week typically takes place during late July or early August, and is a perennial ratings winner for the channel. Last year’s event was the highest viewed to date, with 30.8 million unique viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.