UK pay-TV network Sky 3D has commissioned Micro Monsters 3D with David Attenborough (working title), a series promising to use macroscopic 3D filming techniques to bring “the deadly unseen world of bugs” to life, fronted by the titular wildlife presenter (pictured).
The 3 x 60-minutes mini-series will mark Sir Attenborough’s fifth 3D project for Sky, following on from the success of the BAFTA- and Jackson Hole Award-winning Flying Monsters 3D, as well as The Bachelor King 3D, Kingdom Of Plants 3D and the soon-to-premiere Galapagos 3D mini-series.
In a statement, Attenborough said: “Outnumbering humans in their hundreds of billions, the world of bugs is far bigger than ours and yet it has remained largely invisible to us – until now.
“New 3D technology allows us the opportunity to explore and experience the complexity and sophistication of this universe in a wholly new way, and to show the tremendous tenacity, enterprise and ferocity of these fascinating, microscopic creatures on a suitably epic scale.”
Scheduled to premiere on Sky 3D next spring, the series will be written and presented by Attenborough, and produced by Colossus Productions – a joint venture set up last year between Sky 3D and indie Atlantic Productions to develop original 3D programming.
The series promises to feature “armies of killer ants, spiders weaving silken trap doors, ferocious scorpions, beetles shooting boiling chemicals, and underwater battles between dragonfly larvae and water tigers,” using “pioneering” macroscopic 3D and time-lapse photography.
Anthony Geffen, exec producer and CEO of Atlantic Productions, said: “All our previous 3D projects with David Attenborough for Sky have been ground-breaking, but Micro Monsters goes several steps further using everything we’ve learnt previously about cutting edge storytelling in 3D, but adding the chance to dive into a completely alien world – a place of bizarre creatures and strange behaviour.”
The series was commissioned by Celia Taylor, Sky’s head of factual and features.