March Of The Penguins helmer Luc Jacquet returned to Antarctica this past winter to accompany a scientific expedition and film the follow-up, March Of The Penguins 2: The Call. Shot under the radar and largely in 4K, incorporating unique submarine and drone footage, the new story sees a young penguin about to embark for his first journey as he hears the mysterious call that compels the species to leave home for an unknown destination.
The original film, about the courtship and breeding rituals of Emperor penguins, was released in 2005 and won the Oscar for Best Documentary; grossing $127.5M globally. It was voiced in third-person narrative by Morgan Freeman (contrary to the French version which used the first-person narrative of two actors). The narrator for the new pic has yet to be set. Along with the young penguin in The Call, an older one — age 45 — will observe the journey, recalling the memories of his decisive moment and the doubts and fears which accompanied him.
The Call is a Bonne Pioche production in co-production with Paprika Films and in association with Disney France. Wild Bunch is repping worldwide rights except for France and the U.S. where CAA is handling. Disney will release in France in early 2017.