France's MK2 has acquired the rights to the Jacques Cousteau catalogue for a period of ten years, the company has announced.

Comprised of 111 documentaries and three narrative features, including Oscar and Cannes Palme d'Or winner, The Silent World, the library of titles was acquired from Europe Images International.

MK2 is planning to highlight the films within the context of today's environmentally-aware times. Already, 2008 will see a retrospective of Cousteau's features, a new DVD collection and numerous events centered on his work as a conservationist.

Cousteau began filming his work in the 1940s and went on to shoot The Silent World with French director Louis Malle. Over a period of 50 years, Cousteau ultimately shot 144 films focusing on his marine expeditions.