Amsterdam and Los Angeles Based Award-Winning Studio Submarine Options Matt Haig’s Bestselling Sci-Fi Thriller ECHO BOY | The Fan Carpet

Amsterdam and Los Angeles Based Award-Winning Studio Submarine Options Matt Haig’s Bestselling Sci-Fi Thriller ECHO BOY


30 July 2020

Submarine is partnering up with long-time collaborator Tommy Pallotta, who co-developed the animation technique used in A Scanner Darkly, Waking Life and “Undone”, for the Echo Boy project.

The studio is currently working on critically acclaimed animated drama “Undone” (Amazon Prime) and forthcoming Richard Linklater feature Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Adventure (Netflix).

Hybrid Live Action and Animation Series in Development

Award-winning studio Submarine has optioned the rights to Matt Haig’s bestselling sci-fi novel Echo Boy to adapt as a hybrid live action/animated series. The studio is currently working on critically acclaimed animated drama “Undone” (Amazon Prime) and forthcoming Richard Linklater feature Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Adventure (Netflix).

Submarine is partnering up with long-time collaborator Tommy Pallotta, who co-developed the animation technique used in A Scanner DarklyWaking Life and “Undone”, for the Echo Boy project.

The Telegraph called Echo Boy “an imaginative and pacy thriller about the future and about what makes us truly human”, while The New Statesman said, “A cracking plot with profound philosophical questions about what it is to be human. Fearless and beautifully written, it confirms Haig as one of our best new writers of speculative fiction.”

Echo Boy takes place in the year 2115, when the life of teenager Audrey Castle is shattered after her parents are murdered by a malfunctioning Echo — humanoid robots designed to assist with every aspect of daily life. However, when Audrey crosses paths with a thinking, feeling Echo prototype named Daniel, she is forced to grapple with her prejudices, fears, and the idea of what it means to be human.

Femke Wolting, co-Founder and co-Managing Director at Submarine commented: “Submarine is already the largest studio in the Netherlands, but what we have been building with “Undone”, Apollo 10 ½, and now with Echo Boy is a truly global slate of high-end, innovative projects which aim to push the medium of animation forward. Matt’s book is futuristic but also intensely human – and has the combination of an original world and resonant truth we look for in a story.”

Matt Haig added “I am very excited that Echo Boy is being developed for screen by Submarine. It is a novel with a level of scope and ambition which needs to be factored into the adaptation, and I am confident Submarine’s visual flair and imaginative creativity make them equal to the challenge. It is the perfect home.”

 

 

Matt is an internationally bestselling author for both children and adults. His bestselling adult novels include How to Stop Time (currently being developed for film by Benedict Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch), The Humans and The Midnight Library. He also wrote the non-fiction book Reasons to Stay Alive, a number one bestseller in the UK and translated into 43 languages.  His latest children's book, A Boy Called Christmas, has been made into a film by Blueprint Pictures, Studio Canal and Netflix and stars Maggie Smith, Kristen Wiig and Jim Broadbent. It will be out in 2021.

About Submarine
With headquarters in Amsterdam and Los Angeles, Submarine is an award-winning production company that develops and produces feature films, scripted series, documentaries, animation and transmedia. Submarine has established itself as an innovative company, working across multiple genres and platforms, all with an international focus. The company’s upcoming projects include original scripted animation series Undone season 2 for Amazon Prime Video, Richard Linklater directed feature Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Adventure for Netflix, drama series The Kollective, true crime series The Singh Case, and animated feature Coppelia.

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