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Netflix announces 'Planet Earth' sequel series 'Our Planet'

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Netflix has announced Our Planet, a follow-up documentary series to the BBC’s seminal Planet Earth. Slated for a 2019 premiere and created in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and Silverback Films, the eight-part Our Planet will use new technology and storytelling techniques to expand on the 11-episode series that originally aired in 2006.

Silverback’s co-company directors, Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill, will produce the series. Fothergill, who executive produced Planet Earth, said in a press release that “Our Planet is going to raise the bar for natural history landmarks.”

WWF will provide Silverback and Netflix access to the areas it currently protects. The filmmakers plan to use cutting-edge 4K technology and “a range of specially produced storytelling for multi-media platforms.” Our Planet sounds like it’ll pick up where its predecessor left off, taking “viewers into never-before-filmed wilderness areas from the ice caps and deep ocean to deserts and remote forests, introducing them to the most precious species and places that must withstand the impact of humanity so generations to come can enjoy the bounties of the natural world.”

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