I almost couldn’t believe it.
After all of these years, Brian Jacques’ beloved Redwall series is getting the full-on Netflix adaptation. According to Deadline, it’s not just the single book either – they’ve netted the entire series courtesy Penguin Random House Children. This would be the first time ever that the over-30-million-sold book series has belonged to a single company like this.
The excitement doesn’t stop there, however. Check out that above tweet. That’s right, Patrick McHale, the creator of Cartoon Network’s Over the Garden Wall, will be spearheading the production.
I’ve never seen the series myself, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. No word on what style will be used for the series, but whatever it is, I’m eager to see it.
It sounds like the series is in good hands, if what the Redwall Company’s Alan Ingram said is any indication:
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.Alan Ingram
Well, if the head of the Redwall Company is putting faith in Netflix and McHale, then count me in! This would be the first movie adaptation the series ever had, so I’m eager to see how it turns out.
The only other adaptation of this caliber that exists is the cartoon series that aired from 1999 – 2002. It covered three books in the series: Redwall, Mattimeo, and Martin the Warrior.
Believe it or not, that barely scratches the surface. The overall series is some 22 books strong. If Netflix passes their trial by fire with the first adaptation, we might have a humongous film series on our hands the likes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
If you’ve never heard of Redwall, the premise is simple: within the fantasy setting of Mossflower woods lies a huge red stone abbey, Redwall. Each book in the series takes place at different times in the abbey’s history, with the occasional story taking place somewhere else entirely, such as with The Legend of Luke and Martin the Warrior.
Trouble usually brings itself to the gates of Redwall. For example, the first book sees the fearsome Cluny the Scourge seeking to take it over for his own castle. But usually, heroes rise up, such as the apprentice mouse monk Matthias, to challenge it.
They’re simple, fun, action-adventure novels. I used to devour these books as a kid, and they certainly left an impression on me as a writer. And with 22 novels, if you start, there’ll be plenty to get through.
And then you can watch the Netflix series! I’ll certainly be tuning in to relive some good ol’ fantasy – or as Jacques would call it, good ol’ action-adventure yarns!