National Geographic Channels International and Animal Planet have commissioned a two-hour special on urban legends in the former Eastern bloc entitled Monsters Behind the Iron Curtain (working title, pictured) from UK indie Pioneer Productions.
The special uses eyewitness testimony, dramatic reconstructions, graphic-novel style illustrations and artifacts to illustrate such natural history myths as the wild men in the mountains, Romania’s Forest of Lost Souls, mutant dogs and the Mountain of Death.
“Everyone’s heard of the Yetis in the Himalayas and the Loch Ness Monster, but Pioneer Productions is going even further with Monsters Behind the Iron Curtain,” said Kirstie McLure, MD of Pioneer Productions, in a statement.
“This ambitious production looks at the science behind the story with a uniquely contemporary twist, by exploring the myths and legend of a notoriously secret part of the world that is steeped in tradition – Russia and the former Eastern bloc.”
Monsters Behind the Iron Curtain was commissioned by Hannah Demidowicz for National Geographic Channels International and by Kurt Tondorf for Animal Planet. Richard Burke Ward serves as exec producer for Pioneer, and Paul Olding is director of the special.