Netflix and BBC are teaming up on a brand new adaptation of Richard Adams’ Watership Down. The classic children’s novel centres on a group of rabbits who are forced to leave their warren due to development, and tells their courageous tale of survival and realisation of their ancient culture as they seek a new home. The somewhat notorious animated film in 1978 starred John Hurt, Richard Briers, Harry Andrews, Simon Cadell, Nigel Hawthorne, and Roy Kinnear and saw the song Bright Eyes by Art Garfunkel become a hit. It was recently aired on Easter Sunday in the UK and received a litany of complaints about the violence (although it really should be remembered for its amazing animation as well).
It was later adapted into a children’s TV series on CITV, running for 39 episodes from 1999 to 2001, featuring voices by Stephen Fry and Dawn French, among others.
A four part mini-series is planned, starring James McAvoy as Hazel and Nicholas Hoult as Fiver, alongside Gemma Arterton, John Boyega, Olivia Colman, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Kingsley, Freddie Fox, and Miles Jupp. Tom Bidwell (My Mad Fat Diary) is penning the script and Noam Murro (300: Rise of an Empire) will be at the helm. We can’t wait!