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Spielberg to Produce World Trade Center Doc for Science Channel

by Marina Zogbi, posted Jan 15th 2010 1:40PM
SpielbergCoinciding with the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, Steven Spielberg is executive-producing an in-depth documentary about the rebuilding of the site for Discovery's Science Channel, set to air in 2011.

The project, 'Rebuilding Ground Zero,' will focus on the engineering and construction of One World Trade Center, the 1,776-foot skyscraper formerly known as Freedom Tower; as well as the memorials, park, underground museum and transportation hub being erected at the site. It will also pay tribute to those who died on Sept.11 and examine how the rebuilding is affecting the lives of everyday New Yorkers.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the effort "a compelling story of remembrance and renewal," according to the Science Channel. "The fact that Steven Spielberg -- one of the great filmmakers of our time -- will produce a documentary on it ensures that the story will be brought to life for people around the world for generations to come."SpielbergCoinciding with the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, Steven Spielberg is executive-producing an in-depth documentary about the rebuilding of the site for Discovery's Science Channel, set to air in 2011.

The project, 'Rebuilding Ground Zero,' will focus on the engineering and construction of One World Trade Center, the 1,776-foot skyscraper formerly known as Freedom Tower, as well as the memorials, park, underground museum and transportation hub being erected at the site. It will also pay tribute to those who died on Sept.11 and examine how the rebuilding is affecting the lives of everyday New Yorkers.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the rebuilding efforts "a compelling story of remembrance and renewal," according to the Science Channel. "The fact that Steven Spielberg -- one of the great filmmakers of our time -- will produce a documentary on it ensures that the story will be brought to life for people around the world for generations to come."

The six-part series is the brainchild of architect Danny Forster (host and producer of Science Channel's 'Build it Bigger') and filmmaker Jonathan Hock, who will direct. Spielberg serves as creative advisor as well as executive producer. The production team will use 3D, high-definition, time-lapse cameras and fourth dimensional computer modeling techniques in its presentation.

With all the drama and fraught emotions that have surrounded the much-delayed rebuilding of the World Trade center site, the doc should make for a fascinating chronicle of one of the most complicated social/architectural projects in our time. With its mix of emotional and technical elements, the story seems a perfect choice for Spielberg.

'Rebuilding Ground Zero' will be produced by DreamWorks Television and Science Channel in association with KPI.

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