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Apple makes push into feature films with ‘Elephant Queen’ and ‘Wolfwakers’

By Eric Brackett

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There has been talk of Apple entering the film and TV market for some time now. Speculation has ranged from Apple producing its own content for an upcoming streaming serviceto the company simply buying Netflix. Most of those rumors have remained idle speculation, and there’s little evidence that Apple plans to buy Netflix. However, the company is indeed making a push into TV and feature films. Deadspin reports that Apple has acquired the rights to two feature films.

The nature documentary The Elephant Queen follows an elephant named Athena as she leads her herd away from a drought. The film’s creators spent four years documenting the herd’s travels. The movie made its debut this weekend at the Toronto Film Festival.

The Elephant Queen is narrated byChiwetel Ejiofor, who previously starred inDr. Strangeand12 Years a Slave.The film’s creators,Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble, have won several awards for their previous work on documentaries such asHaunt of the Hippo.

Of course, nature documentaries, no matter how well made, are a very niche marke,t so it is not surprising that Apple has a few other titles under its belt as well. The company has also purchased the rights to the animated filmThe Wolfwakers.This animated feature from Oscar-nominee Tomm Moore follows a young apprentice hunter who travels to Ireland with her father to hunt wolves. In the course of her journey, she befriends a native girl and her life becomes much more complicated.

An animated adventure and a nature documentary might seem like odd showpieces for Apple’s push into the entertainment space, but it does show the company is willing to take risks and invest in a wide range of proprieties.

There’s still no word on Apple’s long-rumored streaming service, but these two acquisitionsgives us an idea of what such a service might offer. The company likely knows that it can’t compete with established giants like Netflix or Hulu simply by offering a collection of syndicated programs and movies from the last century. If Apple wants to compete with Netflix in the streaming space, then it will have to offer something different and these two movies may be the start of that.

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