[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 November 2006, 14:31 GMT
BBC to make meerkat feature film
Meerkats at London Zoo
Meerkats are a member of the mongoose family
The BBC's Natural History Unit is to make a movie following a family of meerkats in the heart of Africa.

It will be the first time the unit, which is responsible for Planet Earth and The Blue Planet, has set out with the intention of making a feature film.

Previous movies, such as Deep Blue, have been developed from footage shot for the BBC's television channels.

The Meerkats starts filming in the Kalahari desert later this month funded by BBC Films and The Weinstein Company.

It looks at the daily life of the charismatic mammals as they struggle to survive in one of the harshest environments on the planet.

Filming is expected to last several months, and will be "up to the BBC's usual standards, which are pretty amazing," said a spokesman.

"The film has huge emotional appeal and will really travel internationally," said David Thompson, head of BBC Films.

"It's a great story, with a fantastic team behind it, and we hope this will be the start of a great partnership for the future."

Harvey Weinstein, whose former company Miramax was behind films such as Pulp Fiction, The English Patient and The Cider House Rules, said he was "thrilled" to be working with the BBC.




SEE ALSO
BBC offers epic portrait of Earth
05 Mar 06 |  Entertainment
BBC's wildlife archives released
03 Mar 06 |  Entertainment
Making wildlife films sexy
14 Oct 04 |  Business
Camera infiltrates animal world
11 Feb 04 |  Science/Nature
Nature film makers meet the public
27 May 03 |  Bristol/Somerset
Baftas for Banzai and Blue Planet
13 May 02 |  Entertainment
Blue Planet heads for cinemas
04 Mar 03 |  Entertainment

RELATED BBC LINKS



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific