Netflix has placed a direct order for the "The Baby-Sitters Club" series, based on the well-known Ann M. Martin book series, "The Baby-Sitters Club". Variety has learned.
The books had already been adapted to television in 1990 for a season aired on HBO, and Netflix says the new show will be a contemporary version of the original books.
"The Babysitters Club" is made up of four characters: Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill and Dawn Schafer, all of whom will be backstage in the small town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut, for adaptation of Netflix. The Martin series, first published in 1986, has more than 200 licensed books in more than 20 territories and more than 180 million copies sold to date.
The family-friendly adaptation comes from Walden Media and Michael De Luca, who will be the executive producer, with the original author Martin on board as a producer.
"I'm amazed that there are so many fans of the" Babysitters Club "after all these years, and I'm honored to continue to hear from readers – grown up, writers, editors teachers, librarians, filmmakers – who say they see a reflection of themselves in the characters of Kristy and her friends, "Martin said. "I am therefore very excited about the upcoming Netflix series, which I hope will inspire a new generation of readers and leaders around the world."
Lucy Kitada of De Luca Productions will also be Executive Producer. Rachel Shukert will act as showrunner and Lucia Aniello will be director and executive producer. Naia Cucukov from Walden Media will produce.
"The babysitter club themes still resonate 30 years after the publication of the original book series, and it has never been more appropriate to tell an ambitious story about the empowerment of young women entrepreneurs," said Melissa Cobb. , Vice President of Kids & Family. at Netflix. "Together with Ann M. Martin and the Walden Media team, our ambition is to present the stories and adventures of this iconic group of girlfriends to reflect the issues of our time."
In addition to syndicated Nickelodeon and Disney Channel, "BSC "was also adapted to the big screen in 1995. The version of the film was performed by Rachael Leigh Cook, Larisa Oleynik and Schuyler Fisk.