BBC, Evergreen team for 3D dinosaur film

Global theatrical release planned for natural history project

LONDON -- BBC Worldwide is partnering with US-based 3D specialist Evergreen Films to bring dinosaurs to the big screen in 3D.

BBC Earth, BBC Worldwide's natural history brand, will team up with Evergreen on the project which aims to take audiences "on a quest to explore the Dinosaur world," according to the pubcaster's commercial arm.

Combining factual content with storytelling, the film will detail the story of families born and families torn apart, of growing up, of rivalry and competition -- and the relentless struggle to survive.

The plans have filmmaking pedigree and will bring together the makers of BBC productions including "Planet Earth," "Walking with Dinosaurs" and "Life" with the team behind "When Dinosaurs Roamed America" and "Dinosaur Planet."

The parties said they now have the "technical capability and understanding" to mount a 3D dinosaur tale on the big screen. The budget for the theatrical release is being kept under wraps. BBC Worldwide and Evergreen will be looking to strike distribution deals here and around the globe to ensure a theatrical rollout for the project.

BBC Worldwide Global Brands managing director Marcus Arthur said: "With Evergreen Films we intend to set the benchmark in this genre in the same way that 'Planet Earth' and 'Life' have achieved in Natural History."

Evergreen Films co-founder Pierre de Lespinois said they plan to unite leading paleontologists with award-winning scriptwriters and a "world-class production team" for the project.
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