Netflix Greenlights “Next Iteration” Of ‘Life On Our Planet’ Series With Narrator Morgan Freeman, EP Steven Spielberg

May 30, 2024 | by

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has given the green light to what it calls the “next iteration” of its Emmy-contending documentary series Life on Our Planet, with Morgan Freeman set to return as narrator and Steven Spielberg as executive producer.

The as-yet-untitled show from Silverback Films and Amblin Documentaries will “tell the story of the rise and fall of the dinosaurs – where they came from, why they mattered, how they evolved and how they met their ultimate fate.”

Season 1 of Life on Our Planet examined not only the dinosaurs, but the rise of invertebrates, mammals, plants, and other life forms across billions of years of evolution up until the present. Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) returns to craft the visual effects and animation; Grammy Award-winner Lorne Balfe is back as composer.

“It is an extraordinary privilege to bring the most iconic creatures in Earth’s history to the screen,” said Dan Tapster, showrunner at Silverback Films. Speaking of the new iteration of the show, he said, “This series, covering 170 million years, will immerse viewers in the awe-inspiring world of dinosaurs, capturing the majesty and drama of their lives in unprecedented detail.”

Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, executive producers and presidents of Amblin Television & Documentaries, added, “We couldn’t be more excited to partner again with our good friends at Silverback, Netflix and ILM as we transport audiences back in time to the age of the dinosaurs and bring these wonderful extinct creatures back to life in all their beautiful glory.”

'Life on Our Planet'

Nick Shoolingin-Jordan is directing the new series; executive producers are Spielberg, Keith Scholey, Darryl Frank, and Justin Falvey. Freeman, the Oscar-winning star of Million Dollar Baby, The Shawshank Redemption, and Driving Miss Daisy, has been nominated for an Emmy twice in the category of Best Narrator, for his work on Our Universe and March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step.

Life on Our Planet, which premiered on Netflix last October, runs 8 episodes. The streamer has ordered four episodes of the upcoming dino-centric iteration.


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