National Geographic Channel is pushing forward with its branding, announcing several new projects at the Television Critics Association winter press tour this week, most notably the event series “One Strange Rock” which boasts Darren Aronofsky and Jane Root as executive producers.
Set to be filmed over 100 weeks around the world and in outer space, the docuseries project uses micro and macro-photography technology to take cameras where they’ve never been before. Arif Nurmohamed, Peter Lovering, Ari Handel and Scott Franklin will also executive produce.
Following in the wake of the success of Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing” limited series, and documentary channel rivals like History having success with the popular original series “Vikings,” Nat Geo is making good on its plans to enter the scripted TV series arena with its first two series being announced this week.
Their first original scripted drama series is “Blood Ivory,” a thriller that traces the massive global web of contraband animals and ivory and its connection to the trafficking of narcotics, people and weapon along with the funding of terrorist regimes.
The other is “Barkskins,” an adaptation of the novel by “Brokeback Mountain” author Annie Proulx and one that will have an ambitious global launch in 171 countries and 45 languages. Scott Rudin will produce the project which starts out in 17th century France where two young Frenchmen bound to a feudal lord who become wood-cutters. It then traces their descendants over three centuries.
Source: The Live Feed