• [NEWS] Netflix acquires "Redwall" for film and TV adaptations

    From Your Name@21:1/5 to All on Thu Feb 11 08:09:43 2021
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    "Redwall" is series of kids' books set in medieval times, but there are
    no humans, just anthropomorphic animals using slings, swords, etc.

    Unless they stupidly go down the "Cats" path (people in costumes, real
    or digital), these movies and TV shows will have to be animation of
    some sort. There was an old animated TV series in 1999 which was also
    patched together as a "movie".

    From ComingSoon.net ...

    Netflix acquires Brian Jacques' Redwall for film & TV adaptations
    Netflix has revealed that it has acquired the rights to late
    author Brian Jacques' popular fantasy novel franchise Redwall and
    is currently at work developing a film adaptation based on the
    first novel in the 22-book series as well as an event series
    centered on iconic character Martin the Warrior.

    "Brian often travelled the globe to tell his Redwall stories to
    young audiences, more often than not at their schools," Alan
    Ingram, representative of The Redwall Abbey Company (owner of
    Jacques' intellectual property), said in a statement. "Brian
    would have been very happy to see that Netflix shares his joy
    and desire to bring his stories to life as a new universe of
    films, series and potentially much more for audiences of all
    ages to enjoy. We are very excited to embark on this new
    endeavour with Netflix and Penguin Random House UK."

    First published in 1986, Redwall chronicles the adventures of
    the heroic animals that inhabit the forest haven of Redwall
    Abbey. The first novel was then followed by thirteen more book
    sequels and nine prequel books. The novel series have sold in
    excess of 30 million copies and been translated into more than
    20 languages.

    "We couldn't be more delighted to announce this deal," Ben
    Horslen, Fiction Publisher of Penguin Random House Children's,
    said in a statement. "These perennially popular stories have
    been etched onto the hearts of millions of readers, and we are
    thrilled to partner with Netflix to bring those beloved
    characters on screen for families worldwide to enjoy."

    The Redwood film adaptation will be written by Patrick McHale
    (Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio). The deal marks the first time
    that the film rights to the entire book series have been held
    by the same company and the first time a feature film of any of
    Jacques' works will be made.


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