BBC One and Netflix announced last year the production of Watership Down, a four part animated series with a budget of roughly 20 Million, that ought to premiere sometime this year!
““My Chief Rabbit has told me to stay and defend this run, and until he says otherwise, I shall stay here.” Bigwig
Watership Down is an upcoming British-Irish-American animated television miniseries directed by Noam Murro and adapted by Tom Bidwell, from the 1972 book by Richard Adams.
The four-part series is scheduled to be broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom and then stream internationally on Netflix in 2017. Since the April 2016 announcement of the project, there has been no additional promotion, images or information about this new animated film series. You can go to Netflix and IMDb, but as yet there’s no premiere date or additional info.
This new version has an impressive cast, starring James McAvoy as Hazel, Nicholas Hoult as Fiver, John Boyega as Bigwig, Ben Kingsley as General Woundwort, Gemma Arterton as Clover, Olivia Colman as Strawberry, Anne-Marie Duff as Hyzenthlay, Miles Jupp as Blackberry, Freddie Fox as Captain Holly, Daniel Rigby as Dandelion, Rory Kinnear as Cowslip, Daniel Kaluuya as Bluebell and Gemma Chan as Dewdrop.
Watership Down is without doubt one of my personal favorite pieces of fantasy fiction. For years, I was hoping for a liveaction/CGI version directed by none other than Peter Jackson, with the amazing creative talent of Weta Workshop, but alas that was not to be. You can go HERE, HERE and HERE for some of our postings about Watership Down.
However, I am excited to see what BBC One creates and it makes sense to tell this story in the format of a TV Series Film, letting it’s amazing narrative unfold over the course of four one hour episodes!
I was hoping we might get a trailer or some kind of premiere news about the film around this time, but nothing yet! When we do hear something or a new trailer premieres, we will be posting it here!