Posted on Thursday, July 29th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
Louie Psihoyos became a documentary sensation thanks to his film The Cove, which documented the mass hunting and slaughter of dolphins in one town in Japan. Now he is planning to follow that effort with a much bigger film tentatively called The Singing Planet. The subject: the mass extinction of wildlife.
Speaking to Momentum, Psihoyos says,
We’re shooting a 3-D film whose working title is The Singing Planet. It’s a film about the mass extinction of wildlife caused by humanity – I think it’s the biggest story out there right now…We’ll be all over the world for that one, The Gulf, Polynesia, all over the Pacific including Cocos and Galapagos, Europe and many places now being determined….
In March, just after Psihoyos won the Oscar for Best Documentary, there was word that the filmmaker was working on a new doc with Quentin Tarantino’s producer Lawrence Bender that would follow ” the list of extinct-prone animals and organisms, and the battles to save them.” This has got to be the same movie.
This raises questions: will The Singing Planet use some of the same surreptitious and guerilla filming tactics put to use on The Cove? If Psihoyos is seeking to document the destruction of animals by humanity, you’d think he might. And the 3D angle is new; the only 3D films I’ve been truly excited for are documentaries (Hubble 3D; Cane Toads 3D) and I’m very interested to see how Psihoyos uses the format to aid his efforts in this case. Granted, given the subject matter, I’m also more frightened to see this film than I am of almost any other upcoming movie.