Yes, you heard right. Rats. Producers of the critically acclaimed and controversial documentary Blackfish are back again, but are now setting their sights above sea level to a creature much closer to home. Dakota Group and Submarine, the people also behind Academy Awarding winning documentary The Cove, announced on Sunday at the Toronto Film Festival they have optioned the rights to Robert Sullivan’s best seller Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants, and are planning to adapt the book into a feature-length documentary.
Lurking in the depths of New York City’s five boroughs, the film will include interviews with city locals, scientists and scholars as they uncover and examine the millions of disease ridden rodents living in The Big Apple. Although the film is without a title at this point, production is set to begin at the start of next year. Sullivan will also work closely with the project, and plans to introduce information and archive not previously included in his book. If this feature is to be anything like Blackfish which told the heartbreaking story of captive orcas in Sea World, viewers can expect a thorough, intellectual and most likely, thought provoking piece of work.