Louie Psihoyos to Follow Up ‘The Cove’ With 3D Mass Extinction Doc

Louie Psihoyos

It’s pretty clear that Louie Psihoyos’ The Cove struck a nerve with a lot of people. His unveiling of the horrors that take place every year in Taiji, Wakayama, were certainly enough to put me off dolphin meat for a good month or two. The film went on to win the 2009 Oscar for best documentary feature and brought some much needed attention to the capture and slaughter of dolphins in Japan and around the world. Now that the film is a year behind us, many wonder how Psihoyos might possibly follow such a major success.

In an interview with Momentum, Psihoyos says the next film is tentatively titled ‘The Singing Planet’ and will take on the mass extinction of animals by humans, focusing on “the list of extinct-prone animals and organisms, and the battles to save them.” I sure hope The Cove’s successful mix of environmental activism with conventional genre filmmaking techniques will inform this new project. It seems to make sense that the best way to get a message across is to make a film that’s both informative AND entertaining. If people responded so passionately to the slaughter of dolphins, Psihoyos should find success bringing a much more broad message to the masses. As for the 3D aspect, seems like it could be an interesting ploy to get more people in seats in the theatre and spread the message of the film even further. What do you think? Would 3D have cheapened the visceral affect of The Cove or heightened it?