Stuart Derdeyn/ Vancouver Sun
Vancouver’s Atomic Cartoons has optioned the rights to bring author Max Brallier’s New York Times bestselling book series The Last Kids on Earth to television. Brallier is writing the new animated series and co-executive producing with Atomic head Jennifer McCarron and Matthew Berkowitz.
The third instalment in the series, titled Last Kids on Earth and the Nightmare King, was released Sept. 26 on Penguin Random House imprint Viking.
Described as “Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets the Walking Dead,” the book series created and written by Brallier and illustrated by Doug Holgate. It’s a big hit with young readers who find its mix of gamer quips, fast paced storylines and all-so-important zombie monster apocalypse action tailor made for their tastes. Brallier is right at home delivering this middle-grade demographic with cool books as his previous mid-grade series titled Galactic Hot Dogs was a hit too. The author of more than thirty books and games has also penned works for such hot franchises as LEGO and Steven Universe as well as designing the virtual world in Poptropica.
The Last Kids on Earth series is another feather in the cap of Atomic Cartoons (Thunderbird Entertainment’s animation division) that produces the hit Netflix series Beat Bugs at its Vancouver location. That show repurposes the Beatles catalogue in a family friendly storyline with performers such as Eddie Vedder and Sia singing Fab Four classics.
Thunderbird is also behind the hit Canadian comedy series Kim’s Convenience which airs season two on CBC on Sept. 26. The company has big buzz building around its upcoming Blade Runner 2049 film starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.
Atomic is already working on The Last Kids on Earth, so expect to see the show coming to a screen near you in 2018.
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