Former Pixar employee Colin Levy’s dystopian sci-fi short film Skywatch is being adapted for TV. Streaming service Peacock have landed the rights after a competitive bidding war, with UCP and Seth MacFarlane’s Fuzzy Door set to produce.
The original movie was only 10 minutes long and was written and directed by Levy. Back then, the project, funded via Kickstarter, took six years to create and was produced by Andre Danylevich.
The series will continue with the story of an outcast teen who lives in a futuristic environment and hacks into a ubiquitous drone delivery. He pranks a school bully but “accidentally crashes a dangerous prototype – and finds himself entangled in a life-and-death conspiracy”, according to UCP.
For the TV adaption, Levy will sit in the director chair again with Seth MacFarlane and Erica Huggins as executive producers on behalf of Fuzzy Door.
Also serving as executive producers are Lightning Hill Pictures’ Andre Danylevich and Fourth Wall Management’s Jon Huddle and Russell Hollander, with Universal Studio Group’s UCP as the studio.
MacFarlane, Huggins and Fuzzy Door’s latest development Skywatch is the first project since signing an overall deal at NBCUniversal Content Studios that reconstructed to Universal Studio Group – a unit that houses UCP, Universal Television and NBCUniversal International Studios.
Watch a first insight into the original short-film of Skywatch below.