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.”