National Geographic has announced details on the upcoming third instalment of its Emmy-winning “Secrets Of…” franchise, “Secrets Of The Octopus”, which uncovers the secret lives of one of the most alien-like animals on the planet.
It has been announced that Paul Rudd, who has previously starred in Marvel’s “Ant-Man” and most recently in the Hulu/Star Original series, “Only Murders In The Building”, will be narrating the documentary.
From executive producer and National Geographic Explorer-at-Large James Cameron, the three-part docu-series follows the success of the Emmy-winning “Secrets Of The Whales”, narrated by Sigourney Weaver, and most recently Emmy-nominated and Critics Choice Documentary Award-winning “Secrets Of The Elephants, narrated by Natalie Portman.
“Secrets Of The Octopus” will premiere in the United States on the National Geographic channel on Sunday, 21st April 2024, and it will be available the next day on Earth Day, on Monday, 22nd April 2024, on Disney+ and Hulu. No international release information has been announced yet, but expect it to arrive on Disney+ globally at a later date.
Octopuses are like aliens on Earth: three hearts, blue blood, and the ability to squeeze through a space the size of their eyeball. But there is so much more to these weird and wonderful animals. Highly intelligent, octopuses can use tools, transform their bodies to mimic other animals and even communicate with different species, including us. The secrets of the octopus are more extraordinary than ever imagined.
Paul Rudd said in a statement:
“It’s been an incredible journey learning about these mysterious creatures and their interconnected lives. I can’t imagine audiences won’t be as blown away with the secret lives of octopuses as I was working on this series. If you’re going to dive deep into natural history, you have to do it with National Geographic. I’m thrilled to be working with James Cameron and the Nat Geo team to deepen our connection with the ocean and all of its creatures and curiosities.”
Tom McDonald, executive vice president, Global Factual and Unscripted Content, National Geographic added:
“”Secrets Of The Octopus” immersively takes the audience into the lives of one of the world’s most intelligent and mysterious creatures and features behavior never before captured on film. It’s a joyful, illuminating series narrated by Paul Rudd with real warmth and humanity.”
To coincide with the premiere of “Secrets Of The Octopus”, the May issue of National Geographic’s flagship magazine will also explore the series with a closer look into the latest findings about octopus behavior, cognition and social dynamics. Photographed by the iconic David Liittschwager, the visually stunning feature also dives into the challenges of ethical octopus research and shines a light on the fact that the U.S. Animal Welfare Act does not protect the species. The companion book to the highly anticipated special, written by The New York Times bestselling author Sy Montgomery, features vivid National Geographic photography, bringing us closer than ever to these elusive creatures.
Previously announced upcoming instalments of the “Secrets Of…” franchise include “Secrets Of The Bees” and “Secrets Of The Penguins”, both of which will use the latest camera technology, world-class scientific research, and unprecedented access to unearth the intimate lives of the natural world’s most interesting animals.
“Secrets Of The Octopus” is produced by Earthship, SeaLight Pictures and Wildstar Films. For Earthship, Emmy Award-winners James Cameron and Maria Wilhelm are executive producers. For SeaLight Pictures, Adam Geiger and Colette Beaudry are executive producers. For Wildstar Films, Anwar Mamon is the executive producer. For National Geographic, Pam Caragol is executive producer, and Tom McDonald is executive vice president of Global Factual and Unscripted Content.
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