American cable net Discovery Channel has commissioned UK-based factual indie Icon Films to develop and produce the one-off special Man-Eating Python.
The hour-long film (pictured) will feature presenter Rob Nelson as he meets with python experts in order to understand the stealth, speed and power of the nonvenomous snakes to kill and consume a grown person.
The documentary follows on the heels of viral, but graphic, cell phone footage of the March discovery of a 23-ft.-long python that swallowed whole Akbar Salubiro, a 25-year-old Indonesian father of two. Man-Eating Python unpacks the details of Salubiro’s tragic final day, investigating what may have happened, while also looking to the U.S. and Florida’s Everglades where pythons in the wild have become a problem.
Pythons, which are typically found in Africa, Asia and Australia, use sharp, backward-curving teeth to grasp at prey, which is then killed by constriction and swallowed whole.
“Man-Eating Python centers on a tragic event that triggers a primal fear reaction in every one of us. But it’s a thoroughly modern investigation too; the discovery of Akbar inside the snake was filmed on cell phones,” said Jonny Young, Icon’s head of popular factual, in a statement. “Once the video went viral, Icon was tasked with a fast turnaround documentary to find out what happened to Akbar … and how a giant constrictor manages to consume a man whole.”
Young serves as executive producer for Icon Films, with Harry Marshall serving as creative director.
Man-Eating Python will broadcast Aug. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT across Discovery Channel in the U.S.