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Werner Herzog, Spring Films to examine meteorites in “Fireball”

Critically acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog will direct Fireball, a feature-length documentary set to explore mankind’s relationship to meteorites and comets. Fireball will once again bring Herzog together with co-director and ...
October 12, 2018

Critically acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog will direct Fireball, a feature-length documentary set to explore mankind’s relationship to meteorites and comets.

Fireball will once again bring Herzog together with co-director and geoscientist Professor Clive Oppenheimer. The duo had previously collaborated on Netflix’s Emmy-nominated feature doc Into the Inferno, which explored active volcanoes in Indonesia, Iceland, North Korea and Ethiopia, and the people who live near them.

In Fireball, Herzog and Oppenheimer will once again undertake a global journey to discover how meteorites and comets inspire mythology and religion. The film will also set out to determine what these space rocks can tell us about the extra-terrestrial origins of life on Earth, the birth of the universe itself and our own destiny.

Production on the film is underway. Spring Films’ Figs Jackman, head of global development, will unveil the project for the first time at next week’s MIPCOM market in Cannes.

Emmy Award-winning director André Singer will produce Fireball alongside Lucki Stipetic. Richard Melman is listed as executive producer.

The film is a Spring Films and Werner Herzog Film production, and serves as the latest collaboration between the two indies following Netflix’s Into the Inferno and A&E’s Meeting Gorbachev in the U.S.

Spring Films is represented by ICM Partners.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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