Dakota Group, Ltd. & Submarine are partnering with Morgan Spurlock and his doc label Warrior Poets to produce the feature length doc Rats NYC, based on The New York Times best-selling book by author Robert Sullivan Rats: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants. Doc will go before the cameras in January.
In the book, author Robert Sullivan investigated an alley a few blocks away from Wall Street that was laden with rats. The doc, like the book, will explore the origins of rats and their dual nature as the progenitors for historical plagues as well as being the test subjects for scientific discoveries. Doc will feature discussions with exterminators, city officials, sanitation workers, agitators, activists, hunters, Nobel scientists, and historians.
Rats NYC was negotiated by David Koh, Stanley Buchthal, Dan Braun & Josh Braun on behalf of Dakota Group, Ltd. & Submarine along with Paul Brennan of 3B Law Firm and Lisa Davis of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz on behalf of the director Morgan Spurlock and Warrior Poets. David Koh, Stanley Buchthal, Dan Braun & Josh Braun will produce for Dakota Group, Ltd. & Submarine. Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick will also produce for Warrior Poets. Submarine has domestic and worldwide sales.
In a statement, Spurlock stated, “As a New Yorker, I’ve had a two decade long love/hate affair with rats. We’ve all seen them, and we all live with them, we just don’t want to know we’re living with them. This movie is going to be a modern day horror film – it will make you squirm, scream & jump out of your chair. You may not like rats, but you’ll love this movie.”