National Geographic has given the green light to Hostile Planet, a six-part docuseries from Oscar-winning cinematographer and director Guillermo Navarro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Emmy-nominated producer Martha Holmes (The Blue Planet) and Emmy winner Tom Hugh-Jones (Planet Earth II). The pick-up comes ahead of National Geographic’s Further Front.
The series, produced by Plimsoll Productions, takes an intimate look at the way animals have found ways to survive in the world’s most inhospitable landscapes. Per Nat Geo: “Set against the backdrop of a more violent and volatile climate, the battles for survival take on a new urgency as animals face intensified wildfires, blizzards, droughts and downpours. To some, the new challenges are too much, but for others, it presents new opportunities.” Hostile Planet uses new camera technology to allow a close-up vantage point as the animals navigate through their changing landscapes.
“The series celebrates the surprising resiliency of animals that survive and thrive in the face of adversity,” says Tim Pastore, president of original production and programming, National Geographic. “Not only do we showcase animals during their most dramatic, culminating moments, we also explore the consequences of a changing climate by immersing the viewer into an emotional narrative.”
Each episode characterizes one the planet’s roughest environments – including jungles, mountains, deserts, oceans, the Poles and grasslands – and how each of its inhabitants acclimate to its turn of events.
“It’s an incredible honor to bring my vision to life with National Geographic, which is known for its unparalleled wildlife storytelling,” says Navarro. “With Hostile Planet, I am able to build a visual narrative to capture environments where species face the most critical state of our times.”
“National Geographic permits us to push the boundaries of this genre as only this network can do,” says Grant Mansfield, CEO of Plimsoll Productions. “With this freedom, we are creating a dynamic saga of life on Earth that’s exhilarating and fascinating. Just because there’s life, it doesn’t mean living is easy.”
Hostile Planet is produced by Plimsoll Productions for National Geographic. For Plimsoll Productions, executive producers include Grant Mansfield, Andrew Jackson, Martha Holmes and Tom Hugh-Jones, who also serves as showrunner. Guillermo Navarro is executive producer.