Discovery snares Morgan Spurlock’s “Rats”

The flagship network of Discovery Communications has acquired the U.S. TV rights to Morgan Spurlock's (pictured) forthcoming documentary Rats, profiling New York City's "most unwanted inhabitants."
May 16, 2016

Discovery Communications’ flagship network has acquired the U.S. TV rights to Morgan Spurlock‘s forthcoming documentary on a city’s “most unwanted inhabitants.”

Titled Rats, the film, first announced in 2014, profiles the lives of New York City-dwelling rodents and is based on Robert Sullivan’s critically acclaimed book Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the Cities Most Unwanted Inhabitants.

Rats is produced by Spurlock’s Warrior Poets in association with Discovery Channel, Dakota Group and Submarine, who is representing the foreign rights to the film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Principal photography has already begun on the doc, which is expected to be completed by fourth quarter.

Spurlock serves as director and producer on the film alongside producer Jeremy Chilnick. Stanley Buchthal, David Koh, Josh Braun and Dan Braun are executive producers.

Rats will broadcast across Discovery in the U.S. later this year.

“Morgan and his team have found a community of critters very few people have covered: rats,” commented John Hoffman, executive VP of documentaries and specials at Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel, in a statement. “Their creative vision on this project is something not to be missed.”

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