Prince Charles Creating New Eco-Documentary For US Cinema?
Al, Leo, and now…Prince Charles? A new report from The Sunday Times reveals that the “Green Prince” is planning on developing an eco-documentary called The Harmony Project and hooking up with Hollywood to make it a reality. Apparently, there are several directors and producers “wooing” Charles in an attempt to recreate Al Gore’s success with An Inconvenient Truth. From the article,
“A source close to the Prince rather grandly tells the paper: ‘He regards himself as the founding father of the harmony principle and the need for self-growth and he is grateful for the opportunity that these Hollywood producers are giving him to share his views with a wider audience.’ Although aware that his desire to speak out about the damage mankind is causing to the environment results in intense criticism and scrutiny thanks to his own apparent fondness for gas-guzzling cars and jet travel, the idea for this film is said to have come from the Prince himself.”
The Times also revealed that the US documentary is only one of three major projects under development by Charles and Co.
I’m questioning timing on this one. Al Gore had the market cornered and Americans glued with their first real introduction to climate change. Leonardo DiCaprio followed that up this summer by letting scientists and experts voice their opinions — and that film in theaters has financially sputtered. Introducing Charles to the US market in his own documentary would — for all intents and purposes — go nowhere. Direct to DVD might be the best bet if the Prince is looking to reach out through the medium. Perhaps I’m being too cold on this? What are your thoughts? Hit the jump for more.