Brian Jacques’ ‘Redwall’ Books to Become Netflix Film, TV Series

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Netflix is bringing Brian Jacques’ extensive fantasy novel series “Redwall” to the small screen. The streaming platform announced today that they secured the rights to Jacques’ book collection as part of a deal with publisher Penguin Random House Children’s UK, and both a Redwall feature film and TV series are in the works.

Patrick McHale (Over the Garden Wall, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio) is set to write Netflix’s Redwall film, which is based on the first book in Jacques’ series, while the streamer’s Redwall TV show will focus on the character of Martin the Warrior. In total, Jacques’ “Redwall” series contains 22 books, which were published between 1986 and 2011, the year of the author’s death.

The first novel tells the story of a young mouse named Matthias, a monk who defends Redwall Abbey from the threat of an enemy rodent army. The series as a whole follows anthropomorphic animal characters, including mice, moles, hares, badgers, who live in and around the fictional Redwall Abbey.

“We couldn’t be more delighted to announce this deal,” said Ben Horslen, Fiction Publisher, Penguin Random House Children’s. “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.”

Alan Ingram, representative of The Redwall Abbey Company, added, “Brian often travelled the globe to tell his Redwall stories to young audiences, more often than not at their schools. 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 endeavor with Netflix and Penguin Random House UK.”

“Redwall” was previously adapted into a TV series in 1999, which ran for three seasons in Canada, France and Germany. But according to Variety, Netflix is the first to secure the rights to the “Redwall” series in its entirety, and will be the first to turn the books into a film.

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