Australia-Canada co-production The Deep is set to explore new areas this year. The DHX Studios Vancouver-animated series has been picked up by Bloomsbury Publishing for a new range of including young fiction, official handbooks, and activity-based books. Set to debut this August, the books will contain storylines not seen in the TV show.
Last month, DHX Media, A Stark Production and Technicolor announced that the series had been renewed for a third season. The additional 13 episodes brings the show up to 52 half hours and will launch later this year on ABC ME in Australia, Family CHRGD in Canada, and Netflix globally. DHX handles most of the show’s production (animation, voice recording) and distribution, while A Stark Productions is in charge of scripts, design and music.
In season three, the Nektons are back and the Monumentials—huge creatures capable of changing the world—are waking from their long slumber. To put the giants back to sleep, Ant, Fontaine, Will and Kaiko must find the ancient city of Lemuria and harness its secret. Dangerous pirates, fantastic creatures and tantalizing mysteries will confront them along the way. But even with unexpected help from Jeffrey the Fish, they’re running out of time.
The series is based on the comic book of the same name created by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer. Since its debut in 2015, The Deep has aired in over 130 markets, including a TV run in the United States on Universal Kids. Simba Toys has been appointed master toy partner, and is creating the show’s first toy line, which will see the launch of a range of figures, playsets and role-play toys and accessories, followed by outdoor, die-cast and radio-controlled vehicles and wheeled toys to roll-out at retail in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK, and Nordic countries in Fall 2018.
Additionally, a 4-D theatrical experience, The Deep: Mystery of the Ancient Amulet, is set to premiere in spring 2018; a music soundtrack from seasons one and two from Air-Edel Records was released in fall 2017; and fans in the U.K. and Germany recently enjoyed interactive entertainment experiences of The Deep at over 20 SEA LIFE aquariums, produced in collaboration with Merlin Entertainments Group. Former DHX subsidiary Epic Story Interactive has launched two mobile games based on the series.