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Sky 3D preps “Conquest of the Skies,” “Museum Adventure”

UK pay-TV net Sky 3D is reuniting with Sir David Attenborough (pictured) for two new 3D projects: 90-minute doc Natural History Museum Adventure and two-parter Conquest of the Skies.
May 27, 2013

UK pay-TV net Sky 3D is reuniting with Sir David Attenborough (pictured) for two new 3D projects: 90-minute doc Natural History Museum Adventure and two-parter Conquest of the Skies.

Both projects will be written and presented by Attenborough and produced by Colossus Productions, the joint venture partnership set up between Sky 3D and Atlantic Productions to develop original 3D titles. The new shows will mark the sixth and seventh Attenborough programs the two companies have made.

In David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Adventure (working title), the 87-year-old will explore the titular British museum after hours, as his favorite ancient creatures “come to life” in what is billed as being “a compelling tale of discovery, adventure and magic.”

The doc will feature CGI technology and will air on TV in the UK later this year, around Christmas time. In a statement, Attenborough said: “The Natural History Museum has always been a special place for me. I’m excited to make a film using new 3D technology, which will take the viewer on a journey through one of my favorite museums and look at it – and its inhabitants - in ways never seen before.”

Sky is keeping details of the second commission, Conquest of the Skies, close to its chest. Aside from confirming that it will be 2 x 90-minutes and is due for broadcast in late 2014, the network would only say that further details will be announced “in due course.” Both projects were commissioned by Celia Taylor, Sky’s head of factual and features.

Sky’s director of 3D John Cassy said: “With a long-term commitment to developing innovative, original 3D programming, we’re thrilled to announce the continuation of the successful partnership between Colossus Productions and David Attenborough and our next two projects.

“Once again we’ll combine David’s master storytelling with fascinating subject matter and ground-breaking 3D and CGI techniques, to deliver the spectacular, immersive viewing experiences we know our customers love.”

Sky 3D’s previous Attenborough collaborations are Flying Monsters 3D, The Bachelor King 3D, Kingdom Of Plants 3D, Galapagos 3D and the soon-to-premiere Micro Monsters 3D.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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