Netflix to Adapt 'Redwall' Books for Animated Films and TV Series

Brian Jacques' novels were made into an animated series in 1999
Netflix to Adapt 'Redwall' Books for Animated Films and TV Series
Netflix has acquired the rights to Brian Jacques' Redwall series and is planning to adapt the novels into an animated feature film and TV series.

Deadline reports that Netflix inked a deal with Penguin Random House Children to secure the rights to the books, which follow the adventures of anthropomorphic animal warriors that inhabit Redwall Abbey and the surrounding countryside of Mossflower Wood.

The site notes that it is the first time that the film rights to the entire Redwall series have been held by one company, adding that Netflix has already tasked Patrick McHale (Over the Garden Wall) to write the feature.

"Brian often travelled the globe to tell his Redwall stories to young audiences, more often than not at their schools," said Alan Ingram, representative of the Redwall Abbey Company, which has owned Jacques' intellectual property since his 2011 passing.

"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."

Redwall was previously adapted for television by Canada's Nelvana and aired on Teletoon natively and on PBS in the United States. Its three seasons — based on novels RedwallMattimeo and Martin the Warrior, respectively — aired between 1999 and 2002.