Technicolor, Australia’s ABC Television, and A Stark Production have recently entered into a partnership that will see the development of a CG-animated serial adaptation of the award-winning graphic novel series The Deep.
Created by multi-award winning author and playwright Tom Taylor (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Star Wars: Blood Ties) and illustrator James Brouwer (Justice League Beyond), The Deep follows the adventures of a family of underwater explorers who try to unravel the mysteries of the deep sea. Technicolor, ABC Television and A Stark Production will develop stories for CGI animated episodes of The Deep, targeting kids 8 to 12 and their families, with a view to securing finance to produce 26 half hour episodes. Technicolor will present The Deep to other potential partners in the Buyers’ Club at this year’s MIPJunior/MIPCOM (5-10 October).
“Inspired by the imaginative stories of Tom Taylor and the magnificent illustrations of James Brouwer, the ABC Television/Stark/Technicolor partnership shares a vision for this series as an inventive and visually stunning entertainment experience for the entire family,” said Steven Wendland, Vice President of Animation, Technicolor’s Digital Productions Division.
“I’m elated to be working with Technicolor and ABC Television on the development of The Deep,” added Avrill Stark, CEO & Executive Producer, A Stark Production. “With storylines blending science fiction / fantasy and underwater adventures with family relationships, together with spectacular visuals, this series is sure to be off the charts when it comes to innovation and pushing creative boundaries.”
“The combined creative expertise of Technicolor and Avrill Stark and the response by children to The Deep graphic novels immediately piqued our interest,” said Chris Rose, Commissioning Editor Animation, ABC Television. “We’re excited to be involved in the development of this new series.”