London-based production companies Airborne TV & Film and Bedlam Productions (The King’s Speech) are set to produce a drama-documentary on the sinking of the Titanic for National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) and Smithsonian Channel, to air alongside previous Nat Geo commission Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron.
RMS Titanic: Case Closed (pictured), a 92-minute film, is set to air on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship and is based on the book 101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic … But Didn’t! and the forthcoming Titanic: A Very Deceiving Night, both by British writer Tim Maltin.
The film will combine drama and documentary to piece together the hours before and after the ship’s famous iceberg collision, taken from first person testimonies, and uses modern science to argue that the ship’s sinking and lost lives were “an incredible confluence of events that led to an inevitable disaster.” RMS Titanic: Case Closed aims to”close the books on one of the greatest mysteries of the last hundred years.”
Filmed in locations across Europe, North America and the Atlantic Ocean, the special will also use visual effects and dramatic reconstruction to bring to life the meteorological conditions of the night and “resurrect” the ship. Nigel Levy (Channel 4′s Da Vinci Detective) will direct.
Airborne TV & Film’s Stuart Burrage said: “Tim has spent 25 years piecing together an incredible jigsaw puzzle. Almost a century since the tragedy, we now have revelatory evidence which sheds new light on what really happened the night she sank. It’s a compelling story of history, science and nature, and a real eye-opener.”
Stephen Hunter, VP of development and production for NGCI, added: “While many have speculated what ultimately sealed Titanic’s fate, Titanic: Case Closed reveals crucial missing pieces that fill the gap of our knowledge about the ship’s doomed journey.”
The film is exec produced by Simon Breen for Bedlam Productions and Burrage for Airborne TV & Film.