Netflix has made its next move into the world of fantasy by purchasing the rights to Brian Jacques’ Redwall novels. Now, the 22 book series based around Martin the Warrior will be mined for series and films for the streaming giant.
Netflix made the announcement today. First a feature film will be made directed by Patrick McHale. McHale also helmed Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio. This is all possible as this is the first time one company has owned the film rights to the entire Redwall series.
Representative of The Redwall Abbey Company Alan Ingram said in a statement:
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 endeavour with Netflix and Penguin Random House UK.
Fiction Publisher of Penquin Random House Children’s Ben Horslen added:
We couldn’t be more delighted to announce this deal. 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.
Redwall was first published in 1986. The books tell the adventures of animals that live in the forest haven or Redwall Abbey. Following the first book, 13 sequels and 9 prequels were written. So, Netflix has a lot of content to mine here.
Fantasy is obviously so hot right now. With streaming companies rushing to acquire all the fantasy rights they can – or develop prequels to already successful franchises – Netflix obviously made the right move here.