It looks like there’s more to be said about the life and times of Timothy Treadwell, the subject of Werner Herzog’s critcally acclaimed film, ‘Grizzly Man’. Apparently the producers of Herzog’s film and his upcoming ‘Encounters at the End of the World’ have decided to revisit Treadwell’s hundreds of hours of video footage, culling together an eight part special to be aired next month on Animal Planet. Here’s a snippet from the press release:
It will draw upon the hundreds of hours of archived footage, private pages from his diaries and more than 10,000 still photographs, ultimately telling the story he truly wanted to before his untimely death from the very creatures he loved so deeply.
Herzog is NOT involved in this project, which may be a good thing for those who weren’t a fan of his approach towards this subject matter. Personally, I’ll miss his cynical views of nature and curious interest in Treadwell’s one-man-crew filming techniques. Having said that, I don’t think Herzog’s version should necessarily be the only version of this story. Maybe a more straight-forward celebration of his life will satisfy those who felt Grizzly Man was a little too quirky and dark. The first episode of The Grizzly Man Diaries airs August 22 on Animal Planet. If anyone catches it, let us know by sharing your thoughts in the comments section.