The National Geographic Channel has been doing a good job of airing quick-turnaround, topical documentaries lately, and The Hollywood Reporter has found out that next week they will air a documentary on the doomed voyage of the Costa Concordia, which ran aground in Italy on January 13.
Keep in mind that divers are still looking for victims, and the tipped-over ship is still being used as a compelling backdrop for all sorts live remotes from various U.S. news outlets. The story is still evolving; the NBC News report above talks about how it could take a year for the wreckage to be safely removed.
Yet, THR reports that the documentary, which debuts on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 7 pm Eastern, will have new video along with interviews with passengers, crew, and Coast Guard members. The doc will also compare the tragedy to the sinking of the Titanic, and examine whether it could have been avoided.
It should make for a harrowing hour, as have Nat Geo’s previous documentaries that put you at the scene of a famous disaster — their 9/11 documentaries were riveting and tough to watch at the same time — but we wonder if this might be a little too soon to give it the documentary treatment.