Feature film rights to “Hank the Cowdog” acquired

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Hank The Cowdog

Hank The Cowdog

Dallas-based media and enter­tain­ment com­pany Odyssey Pic­tures Cor­po­ra­tion has acquired the screen­play and fea­ture film rights of the children’s lit­er­ary fran­chise Hank the Cow­dog from Ris­ing Star Studios.

Odyssey plans to pro­duce the prop­erty as an ani­mated fea­ture film.

Hank the Cow­dog, writ­ten by John R. Erick­son, is a highly suc­cess­ful series of 58 humor­ous children’s mys­tery nov­els and audios based on the adven­tures of Hank, the smelly, smart-aleck canine Head of Ranch Secu­rity on a Texas Pan­han­dle cat­tle ranch. The series has sold more than 7.5 mil­lion copies, is a Book-of-the-Month selec­tion, and is the win­ner of a 1993 Audie for Out­stand­ing Children’s Series from the Audio Pub­lish­ers Association.

In fact, the fran­chise is the longest run­ning pop­u­lar children’s audio book series to date, and is espe­cially pop­u­lar with schools and libraries. Pub­lish­ers Weekly has called the series a “grass­roots pub­lish­ing phe­nom­ena,” and USA Today referred to it as “the best fam­ily enter­tain­ment in years.”

We are proud to be asso­ci­ated with such a hugely suc­cess­ful prop­erty,” remarked Odyssey CEO John Fos­ter. “We’re con­fi­dent that the ani­mated fea­ture ver­sion of Hank the Cow­dog will be a nat­ural exten­sion of the fran­chise and a big win­ner at the box office.”

It’s an excit­ing time for us to see the begin­ning of Hank finally mak­ing his appear­ance on the big screen,” said Erick­son. “We’ve been approached by pro­duc­ers before, but Odyssey impressed us with their under­stand­ing of the genre and their solid sales and mar­ket­ing strategy.”

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