Seth MacFarlane, Peacock Nab Rights to 'Skywatch' Viral Short

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The project by former Pixar artist Colin Levy will be adapted as for TV, with UCP producing.

Seth MacFarlane continues to add to his slate of projects at NBCUniversal.

Universal Studio Group's UCP and Peacock have landed rights to viral short film Skywatch in a competitive situation, The 10-minute proof of concept short, written and directed by former Pixar artist Colin Levy, was created over six years with help from volunteer artists, led by VFX supervisor Sandro Blattner, and a Kickstarter campaign (and features a brief appearance by Jude Law). MacFarlane will executive produce via his Fuzzy Door Productions.

Skywatch centers on a teenager who hacks into a ubiquitous drone delivery system to play a prank on a school bully. He accidentally crashes a dangerous prototype and finds himself entangled in a life-and-death conspiracy.

Levy and fellow Pixar veteran Mike Sundy co-wrote a feature script based on the short, which Levy posted to YouTube in December and which has since racked up 1.4 million views. UCP and Peacock have commissioned the pair to adapt the script for TV.

Levy and Sundy will also executive produce alongside MacFarlane, Fuzzy Door's Erica Huggins, Andre Danylevich (a producer of the short film) of Lightning Hill Pictures, and Jon Huddle and Russell Hollander for Fourth Wall Management.

Skywatch is the third project MacFarlane and Fuzzy Door are developing under a nine-figure overall deal at NBCUniversal. The company is working on limited series based on Herman Wouk's The Winds of War and War and Remembrance and the nine students at the center of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation case; Chadwick Boseman's XCeption Content is also producing the latter.

Watch the Skywatch short below.