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‘Blackfish’ Team Announces New York City Rats Documentary In Toronto

September 9th, 2014 by RVNA Production Insurance

Dakota Group and Submarine, the producers behind the controversial documentary Blackfish, announced at the Toronto International Film Festival that they have optioned the rights to Robert Sullivan’s best-selling book, Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants, for adaptation into a feature-length documentary.

Production is set to begin in early 2015 with Mr. Sullivan serving as an advisor for the film. He also will share his extensive archive of research materials that didn’t make it into the book.

The deal was negotiated by David Koh and Stanley Buchthal on behalf of Dakota Group and Submarine. Paul Brennan of Bruns Brennan Berry and WME repped the author.

“We have been obsessed and terrified by rats living in New York City over the years, and when we read Robert Sullivan’s book, we couldn’t put it down,” said Koh, Buchthal and the Brauns, the producers behind the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, to The Hollywood Reporter. “We look forward to collaborating with (Sullivan) and bringing his highly entertaining and scholarly book to the big screen.”

Rats: A Year With New York's Most Unwanted Inhabitants Book Cover

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