National Geographic has ordered Comet of the Century, a one-off doc about the Ison comet, for its international networks.
National Geographic Channels International is coproducing the film with Endemol-owned producer Darlow Smithson and PBS in the US.
The special will follow the scientists tracking Ison ahead of its upcoming journey around the sun. Nat Geo said it will put it out on 170 of its channels around the world later this month.
“Comet of the Century brilliantly illuminates comet Ison – a rare, spectacular wonder, which can capture the imagination of viewers around the world,” said Hamish Mykura, executive VP and head of international content for NGCI.
“Comet of the Century takes us on a rollercoaster ride into some mind-boggling science in a way that will be thoroughly entertaining to a global audience. We are thrilled to be working with NGCI and PBS on this spectacular project,” said Iain Riddick, head of special projects and digital media for Darlow Smithson.