National Geographic Entertainment Acquires Flying Monsters 3D for Release to Giant Screen and Digital 3-D Cinema

August 31, 2010 – 1:44 pm

WASHINGTON (Aug. 31, 2010) — National Geographic Entertainment’s Cinema Ventures (NGCV) group has acquired the film “Flying Monsters 3D,” a new adventure from award-winning Atlantic Productions in association with Sky 3D. The film uses 3-D and CGI technology to immerse audiences in a prehistoric world inhabited by pterosaurs, flying vertebrates with a wingspan of up to 45 feet that lived alongside dinosaurs. Produced by filmmaker Anthony Geffen and narrated by veteran filmmaker and renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough, the film is scheduled for launch around the world in 2011.

Applying the same state-of-the-art 3-D CGI technology that was used recently in “Avatar,” “Flying Monsters” also will employ pioneering scientific techniques that reveal new details about pterosaurs. From discovering pterosaur embryos that show they might have flown from birth to figuring out how a creature the size of a giraffe could possibly fly, “Flying Monsters” will resolve mysteries that have intrigued scientists for more than two centuries.

In fall 2007, NGCV produced and released in 3-D and 2-D “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure,” a groundbreaking film that has become one of the highest grossing giant screen films ever. When it premiered, “Sea Monsters” was the first original giant screen film to release simultaneously in IMAX and digital 3-D theaters and had the largest day-and-date release for an original giant screen film in industry history.

“We have high hopes that ‘Flying Monsters’ will build on the soaring box office success of ‘Sea Monsters,'” said Mark Katz, president, distribution, NGCV.

“It’s almost as if this animated 3-D technology was created to tell our story. With a pterosaur’s eye-view of a hyper-real prehistoric Earth in 3-D CGI, our audience will see the challenges of survival, including courtship, flying and hunting,” said Anthony Geffen, who also produced and directed the recently released and widely praised 35mm and giant screen National Geographic film “The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest,” the dramatic story of George Mallory’s attempt to become the first person to summit Mount Everest.

“3-D is a wonderful way of seeing the world as the pterosaurs did,” said David Attenborough. “Pterosaurs are the most unlikely of creatures, but they dominated the skies for millions of years, and now this film will enable us to fly in 3-D with them, the largest flying creatures the world has ever known.”

“For National Geographic it begins and ends with a compelling story, stunning visual images and factual accuracy,” said Lisa Truitt, president, NGCV. “‘Flying Monsters’ is the right movie to push those values while providing the best 3-D entertainment experience possible for families.”

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