Sonar Entertainment acquires global rights to Hugo Award winning author Will McIntosh’s new sci-fi adventure Watchdog
Sonar Entertainment has acquired global rights to Hugo Award winning author Will McIntosh’s highly anticipated new Penguin Random House sci-fi adventure Watchdog to develop a new kids’ series aimed at 8-12 year olds with Art Brown and Douglas Sloan, Executive Producers/Show Runners on the Emmy, Annie, and Kidscreen award winning series Dragons: Race to The Edge, based on the hit film How to Train Your Dragon,produced for DreamWorks Animation. Brown and Sloan will also act as Showrunners on Watchdog.
When 16-year-old Vick, his 14-year-old autistic electronics whiz sister Tara and their robotic “Watchdog” pet Daisy which Tara built come into possession of a one of a kind Artificial Intelligence microchip, their already bizarre world is turned upside down. With the chip now installed in Daisy, this trio, along with their rag tag band of resourceful and fearless friends, must navigate the chaos that is Chicago, 30 years in the future, where Watchdogs (mechanical creatures that span the animal kingdom) are controlled by forces, both good and evil. Action, comedy and heart are at the core of this vibrant, groundbreaking animated series.
“In Watchdog, Will McIntosh has brilliantly created a future that not only echoes current issues but engages us through a kid’s perspective in a very modern way,” said Andrea Gorfolova, President, Kids, Family and Factual, Sonar Entertainment. “We look forward to working with Art and Doug to develop this extraordinary story of friendship, love and adversity for worldwide audiences.”
Award-winning science fiction and young adult author Will McIntosh’s previous novel Defenders, was optioned by Warner Bros. for a feature film. His work Love Minus Eighty, about women trapped in a cryogenic dating center, was named the best science fiction book of 2013 by the American Library Association, and was on both Io9.com and NPR.org's lists of the best science fiction novels of 2013.
Art Brown and Douglas Sloan are represented by Rain Management Group and attorney Michael Schenkman. Will McIntosh is represented by Rain Management Group and literary agent Seth Fishman of The Gernert Company.