Redwall Adaptation (Netflix): Everything We Know So Far About The Exciting New Project
Based on a beloved children’s series, the Redwall adaptation is an ambitious project for Netflix. Brian Jacques series includes 22 novels and two picture books, the stories of which can last for entire lifetimes with main characters in early books being highly regarded historical figures in the later ones.
In order to try to cover that kind of timeline Netflix is considering first making a movie and then a series will follow. This is the kind of project that could only exist in the world of streaming. But it’s also why some previously “unadaptable” works are finally being able to make it to the screen.
It will be incredibly fascinating to see how this all works out.
This page was updated: 12/17/22
About The Book:
Welcome to Mossflower Wood, where the gentle mice have gathered to celebrate a year of peace and abundance. All is well…until a sinister shadow falls across the ancient stone abbey of Redwall. It is rumored that Cluny is coming—Cluny, the terrible one-eyed rat and his savage horde—Cluny, who has vowed to conquer Redwall Abbey! The only hope for the besieged mice lies in the lost sword of the legendary Martin the Warrior. And so begins the epic quest of a bumbling young apprentice—a courageous mouse who would rise up, fight back…and become a legend himself.
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Current Production Status:
As of Winter 202 the project is still in very early stages of development.
Redwall Adaptation Timeline:
The first book was published 1999 and the series ran through 2011. In 1999 an animated adaptation was released which lasted three seasons.
Netflix announced in February 2021 that they had acquired the rights to the entire book series and would making a Redwall adaptation that included a movie followed by an animated series. Patrick McHale was attached to write the screenplay for the first movie.
In December 2022 McHale gave an update saying that despite writing a script and working on development art, he was no longer working on the project. He also stated that Netflix was considering starting with a series instead of movie. This would probably mean the entire adaptation would be in series form instead of a blend that had been originally discussed.
Who Owns The Rights:
Netflix purchased the rights for all 22 books in the series. There are no other production companies publicly attached yet.
Who Is Attached:
The only name attached to the project so far is Patrick McHale (Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio) who will be writing the screenplay for the first movie.
These adaptations are expected to be done with animation so there will not be any filming locations.
This project is in the early stages of development which means there is no current estimation for release.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
Other Adaptations From This Author:
‘Redwall’ was adapted into an animated show that started in 1999 and lasted three seasons. This is the only other adaptation of any of Brian Jacques books.
Redwall Adaptation: Everything We Know So Far About The Exciting New Project
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