Netflix plans to adapt the 'Redwall' fantasy books into a film and animated series

Polycount

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In context: Stories about intelligent animals going through difficult, dramatic, or terrifying situations have been a part of entertainment history for decades, and the classic Redwall book series is a perfect example of that. They're iconic books about anthropomorphized rats, mice, and other forest animals living in a brutal, Game of Thrones-like fantasy world; albeit without the magical elements.

So, why are we bringing up an almost 40-year-old children's book series here? In short, Netflix has announced plans to adapt the books into both a standalone film and a longer-running animated series.

For those that grew up reading these books -- such as myself -- this is fantastic news. Redwall, as a franchise, has been dead for many years now, and 2021 is a great time to revive it. We could all use a few more fantastical distractions from the world these days.

The film's production will be headed up by Patrick McHale, of Cartoon Network fame, though the series' creator remains unknown for the time being. However, we do know that the show will follow Martin the Warrior, a notable character in the Redwall universe (he was responsible for co-founding Redwall Abbey itself).

Though other details are still scarce, we look forward to seeing what Netflix will come up with for both the animated film and series. The Redwall universe is rich in lore, so the streaming service's content developers have no shortage of material to pull from.

We'll be sure to keep you updated on Netflix's Redwall plans over time. We expect to hear more about the show and film sometime this year, provided the Covid-19 pandemic loosens its hold on the entertainment industry.

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yRaz

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Aside from a few notable examples, just about everything Netflix comes out with is garbage. I'm starting to get the feeling that Netflix is just an experiment in how bad/dumb they can make a show and still have people watch it. Anyone attempt to watch Another Life?
 

loading88

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I remember reading the books as a kid going through grade school. Was about the only thing that got me into a library at the time. Looking forward to it.
 

Neatfeatguy

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I'd say these books were about the only books I actually enjoyed reading as a kid. Hopefully Netflix can do them justice.
 

Puiu

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Aside from a few notable examples, just about everything Netflix comes out with is garbage. I'm starting to get the feeling that Netflix is just an experiment in how bad/dumb they can make a show and still have people watch it. Anyone attempt to watch Another Life?
I don't know. I've enjoyed many of their original series (especially the animated stuff). I would rather they try making them than not since Netflix doesn't influence the production as much as big studios. There will always be more bad series than good series, Netflix or not.
 

Ravey

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Aside from a few notable examples, just about everything Netflix comes out with is garbage. I'm starting to get the feeling that Netflix is just an experiment in how bad/dumb they can make a show and still have people watch it. Anyone attempt to watch Another Life?

I think this really comes down to personal taste. I almost exclusively watch Netflix because I find its production quality is lot higher than anything Sky or Amazon are currently putting out. Even standard terrestial tv from the BBC and Itv are rarely putting out anything entertaing these days.