Alien Planet

The dynamic meeting of solid science and futuristic simulation culminates in a dramatic exploration to another inhabited planet over 6 light years away.

Alien Planet creates a realistic depiction of creatures on another world, where life is possible, if not provable, according to scientists’ theories.

Take this futuristic mission to assess this planet for the possibility of life.

Filmed mainly in Iceland and Mono Lake in California, the documentary takes heavy use of computer-generated imagery. This is then interspersed with interviews from such notables as Stephen Hawking, George Lucas, Michio Kaku and Jack Horner.

The fictional planet Darwin IV has two suns and boasts 60% of Earth’s gravity.

Having identified Darwin as a world that could support life, Earth sends a pilot mission consisting of the Mothership Von Braun and three probes: Balboa, Da Vinci, and Newton. This robotic fleet is responsible for finding and assessing any life forms on Darwin IV.

Initially, the expectation is to find microscopic life, but the probes soon find themselves in the middle of a developed ecosystem teeming with diversity of life of all sizes.

The drama on Darwin IV is motivated by real science missions, such as the NASA Origins Program and the NASA / JPL Planet-Finder Mission, as well as the European Space Agency’s Darwin Project.

Alien Planet
  • Info
  • Release date2005
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Pierre de Lespinois
  • Production companyEvergreen Films