Disney’s National Geographic has signed a new first-look production deal with director Sara Dosa and producer Shane Boris, who are the team behind the Oscar-nominated documentary “Fire of Love”.
According to Deadline, the overall deal also includes their production company, Signpost Pictures, which is currently working on two documentary films for National Geographic. This new deal includes “identifying, developing and producing new feature documentaries for theatrical, linear and streaming”. A statement from National Geographic said:
“As part of the first look. Dosa, Boris and their producing partner at Signpost Pictures, Elijah Stevens, are developing two new films that highlight unexpected character stories of humans making meaning out of awe-inducing natural forces.”
The two films currently being developed include:
On Time And Water (working title)
This new documentary is based on a book of the same name, which topped the bestseller list in Iceland and has been translated into more than 30 languages, being described by The Economist as ‘a haunting meditation on climate change,’” NatGeo said. “It focuses on Árni and Hulda, who fell in love mapping and filming Iceland’s glaciers, amassing the beginning of what would become a majestic and tender multigenerational archive. But 50 years later, as Árni’s memory recedes, so too does Iceland’s ice. Árni and Hulda’s grandson – celebrated writer Andri Snaer Magnason – reckons with the loss of his elders and the ice. Through prodigious archiving of his own, new myth-making, he raises a new generation with the question: What is Iceland without ice?
Untitled Mexican Earthquake Project
This documentary explores how earthquakes open up fissures not just into the earth but also portals into geologic time. Through the lived experiences of those marked by Mexico City’s cyclical Sept. 19 earthquakes (in 1985, 2017 and again in 2022), this poetic time-travel film pulls into focus the myriad ways the past can haunt the present, exploring the layers of geological, social and political history unearthed by ‘natural’ disasters.
Carolyn Berstein, EVP of documentary films for National Geographic, said in a statement:
“We are so pleased to continue our creative collaboration with these preternaturally talented filmmakers on the heels of our partnership on the enchanting and critically acclaimed Fire of Love. Their new projects in development also explore the wonder and mysteries of the natural world while diving deeply into character. We can’t wait to bring the next iterations of their unique and poetic vision to the world.”
Sara Dosa and Shane Boris, also said in a statement.
“National Geographic Documentary Films has been an incredible partner for us as we launched Fire of Love into the world last year, introducing audiences worldwide to a story of love, wonderment and our planet’s most awesome forces. We’re absolutely thrilled to be working with them again on our new projects. We really look forward to building on that relationship as we continue to tell stories that have meaning to us personally and offer new perspectives on human relationships with non-human nature.”
While we wait for these two new documentaries, you can watch “Fire Of Love” on Disney+ now.
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