Walking With Dinosaurs to be made into film

Scene from Walking With Dinosaurs Walking With Dinosaurs was a huge hit when it was first broadcast in 1999

Emmy Award-winning BBC show Walking With Dinosaurs is to be made into a 3D movie, the corporation has announced.

The teams behind hit films Happy Feet and Finding Nemo will be involved in the production.

The project is the first part of a three-film deal with Indian company Reliance Big Entertainment.

Documentary Africa 3D will be filmed alongside new TV series, Africa, while Life will look at the life cycles of the animal world.

Walking With Dinosaurs, which used state-of-the-art techniques to bring to life a prehistoric world, was a huge hit when it was first broadcast in 1999.

A live arena show based on the series has taken more than £124m in the past three years.

The 3D film will follow a migrating family of dinosaurs and will use live-action footage of scenery and locations alongside CGI creatures.

BBC Worldwide's natural history arm, BBC Earth, will make the new films with Reliance.

A previous BBC Earth film, Earth, has taken almost £75m at cinemas around the world since it was released in 2007.

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