According to reports Apple has made new acquisitions as it prepares for its forthcoming video streaming service: a documentary about a elephant matriarch that leads her herd to a new home, and an animated film set in Ireland.
Apple’s streaming service is expected to launch sometime in March 2019. In the past year, the company has invested nearly $1 billion to acquire and develop original content for its forthcoming streaming service, including a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories, a space show from Battlestar Galactica’s Ron Moore, and an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series.
Directed by filmmakers Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble and narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), The Elephant Queen made its premiere this weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival. The story follows an elephant named Athena who leads her herd to a new watering hole during a drought, risking their youngest calves as they do so.
Wolfwalkers, directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart, follows a young woman and her father as they arrive in Ireland to hunt down the last pack of wolves in the country, only to try and save them once she saves a native girl.