We already knew a bit about filmmaker Louie Psihoyos’ next project, titled “The Singing Planet”, but in a new interview with The Wall Street Journal, “The Cove” director says we should be prepared for yet another eco-thriller. ”If ‘The Cove’ was ‘Ocean’s Eleven,’ the new film’s going to be ‘Ocean’s Twelve,’” he tells the site. “A little bit bigger, better, and higher quality in its production values.”
“Ocean’s 12″ actually rather sucked, so let’s hope he’s not sending it in that direction. As revealed earlier, “The Singing Planet” will focus on mass extinction and humanity’s role in causing it. With such a massive topic, it’s a little hard to picture how Psihoyos will inject a bit of undercover thrills into the mix; but if there’s anyone who can make a documentary as entertaining as a Hollywood flick, it’s this guy.
“We want to make it immersive,” he tells WSJ. “I went diving with whales in Tonga, and when they sing, your whole body vibrates — it’s an emotional experience, and we want that to be transmitted to the viewers. When you see the exquisite movements of these 50-ton animals, like ballet dancers almost, and hear them in 3-D, it’s like you’re there.”
Psihoyos also mentioned that in terms of distribution, they might just end up giving the movie away for free in an effort to drum up awareness. “I consider a film to be a weapon of mass construction,” he says. “We’re not trying to make a movie; we’re trying to start a movement, to change the way people think about the environment.”