CBI member BBC announced that BBC Earth Films and Shanghai Media Group (SMG), China’s leading media group, had formed a partnership to create a major new feature film, Earth: One Amazing Day (working title).
The film is the official sequel to Earth (2007), the second-highest grossing nature documentary ever released, and is the first feature film to be produced under the U.K. and China film co-production treaty.
The signing ceremony took place at the creative showcase being held at Lancaster House as part of the official Chinese state visit to the U.K. Earth: One Amazing Day will be co-produced between SMG Pictures, the film and television production arm of Shanghai Media Group, and BBC Earth Films.
The ambition is to forge a new collaboration between the British and Chinese creative industries. Working with the BBC’s world leading nature filmmakers, Earth: One Amazing Day will be directed by the award-winning British filmmaker Peter Webber (Girl with a Pearl Earring; Emperor; Hannibal Rising) together with a Chinese director still to be announced.
The film will tell the story of one extraordinary day in the life of our amazing planet, celebrating the billions of real life dramas that occur in the natural world every single day. Slated for theatrical release in 2017, the film will launch a decade after the release of Earth and will use the latest innovations in film technology to bring audiences an unforgettable cinematic experience. SMG Pictures will distribute Earth: One Amazing Day on the Chinese mainland.
In addition, it was announced that Sherlock is expected to be shown in cinemas across China. Pending regulatory approval, the new BBC One Sherlock special will be released in theatres as part of a global cinema event.
Since first launching in China in 2010, the series has developed a major following, with over 98 million views of the last season alone.
Tim Davie, Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide, said, “Today’s announcements herald an exciting new collaboration between the Chinese and British creative industries.
There is a keen appetite in China for premium British content and creating two new cinematic experiences in partnership with SMG Pictures is a landmark moment for two of our biggest brands, Sherlock and BBC Earth.”
Madame Wang, Director-General and President of SMG said, “I am delighted that SMG Pictures will be the co-producer of the first feature film to be produced under the landmark U.K. and China film co-production treaty.
This milestone event will act as a bridge between Sino-U.K. cultural exchanges and set up a new model for Sino-U.K. collaboration.”
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