BBC and Netflix staff as much as remake 'Watership Down'

BBC and Netflix team up to remake 'Watership Down'

The BBC and Netflix have teamed as much as produce a brand new model of Richard Adams’ seminal youngsters’s novel, Watership Down. The pair will “reinterpret” the story right into a 4-half animated mini collection that’ll air in 2017 on the BBC within the UK and globally on the streaming service. The brand new manufacturing hasn’t scrimped on the forged, with heavy-hitters like James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, John Boyega and Sir Ben Kingsley voicing the primary characters. It’s going to be the third time that the novel has been tailored for the display, firstly as a movie in 1978 after which once more for TV in 1999.

Actually, the movie model has one thing of a fame amongst the youngsters of Britain who often noticed it on Saturday afternoons. The novel’s brutal depiction of a collection of rabbits looking for a brand new residence simply earlier than their warren is destroyed is crammed filled with on-display violence. The movie did not draw back from depicting this, and one columnist for the Guardian described it as “the movie that frightened me most.” In accordance with the Verge, producer Rory Aitken stated that the brand new model will not “draw back” from the novel’s darkness, though it will not be as scarring because the movie.

That is the primary time that the BBC and Netflix have put cash behind the identical manufacturing, however the BBC is not any stranger to teaming up with different broadcasters. In addition to its partnerships with numerous PBS stations within the US, it is already co-funded three seasons of Ripper Road for Amazon Prime. The company has additionally signed quite a few distribution offers to get its again-catalog of exhibits onto Netflix within the US and elsewhere. Most just lately, the pair agreed to distribute the revived Prime Gear that’ll air in opposition to Amazon’s homegrown rival with Jeremy Clarkson.

By way of: The Verge
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