A startup's mission to bring back the woolly mammoth is being made into a documentary


Is the idea that humans caused this extinction, but that human ingenuity can make things right again?

Reed: This is one of the big questions we should explore in the documentary series. It comes down to whether you support what Colossal is doing, whether you want extinction or whether you think it's not the right thing to do.

If the possibility of extinction is close to reality, it is easy to imagine that it might inspire some reaction. Whether it's from legislators or environmental groups, the road to public acceptance may not be entirely easy. I've definitely thought about it.

From a narrative perspective, some resistance to extinction could be quite exciting.

Reed: if you say so. We have to think here and now, but it's our job to try and imagine what the reactions will be. It's hard to call. It will depend on whether certain types of protests can gain momentum, whether there are certain agendas that can be accomplished by the opposition. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. But that's part of the story.

with tasks like my octopus teacher Or Chimp Empire, you are taking the audience into the world of animals. This documentary should feel different, because laboratories are human places – it's not a traditional setting for a nature documentary.

Reed: This doesn't seem like a strange choice to us. It's a little disruptive – and, in confidence, that's the kind of thing we're interested in, and I think people and the industry need that kind of thing.

Do people want something more from nature documentaries?

Reed: I think so too. We're in a time where you can look at the natural world the same way, or we can look at something completely different. And even though it's not for everyone, it forces us to look at something in a different way, and that can only be good.

i think there is a documentary on extinction About this The natural world, but it is also a world where human intervention is absolutely central. It is a different way of connecting with nature.

Reed: Absolutely. This is interference, isn't it? It is playing a different role. This is arguably a proactive way of addressing some of those same challenges. Whether it's right or wrong, or whether people get behind it or not, it's going to be really interesting, but I think for us, it's this alternative way of doing things that's going to be the exciting thing to document. .

If Colossal succeeds in gene-editing Asian elephants to create a giant creature, there's a good chance you could be present at a remarkable moment in conservation history.

Reed: Absolutely. There are a lot of practical things to think about, like how to make a TV show out of it. But I think all of us on the team, no matter how open-minded and objective about what it means, certainly have some personal excitement that something is going to happen that's never happened before. And that we were privileged to be there and to be able to document it.