U.S. net History and UK indie October Films were on hand with a film crew in the Caribbean as archaeological investigators discovered what is believed to be the wreck of the Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus’s flagship.
A spokesperson for A&E Networks told realscreen that it “remains to be seen” what form the footage will take, whether it will be an hour-long special or a multi-parter, but said that the resulting program, to air on History, would be a “TV event.”
“All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggests that this wreck is Columbus’s famous flagship, the Santa Maria,” the leader of the expedition, Barry Clifford, told UK newspaper The Independent.
The vessel was recently discovered at the bottom of the sea off the north coast of Haiti, the paper stated today; however, it has not yet been confirmed that the find is indeed the famed ship, which was the largest of three used by Columbus for his maiden voyage.
Clifford added that he was working with the Haitian government to carry out a detailed archaeological excavation of the wreck.
In a statement, Dirk Hoogstra, exec VP and general manger of History and H2, said: “We’re excited to partner with October Films on what could be the discovery of the century. It’s not everyday where we get an opportunity to be a part of a potential history defining expedition. We look forward to telling the story of the Santa Maria and seeing what Barry Clifford uncovers.”
October Films creative director Adam Bullmore added: “History is the perfect partner for something as enormously exciting as this discovery. They were able to see the potential importance of the project and got behind it right away. Now it’s just a question of holding our nerve while the archaeological experts do their job.”
- Pictured above: Christopher Columbus on board the Santa Maria in 1492, in a public domain painting by Emanuel Leutze.