TV TIME: Watership Down Headed to BBC/Netflix

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Variety is reporting that James McAvoy, John Boyega, Nicholas Hoult and Ben Kingsley have joined the voice-cast for the upcoming BBC/Netflix Animated TV Miniseries of Richard Adams classic novel Watership Down.

Watership down is the story of a young rabbit named Fiver who has a prophetic vision that the end of his warren is near, he persuades seven other rabbits to leave with him in search of a new home. Several obstacles impede their progress. Upon arriving at their final destination, a hill dubbed Watership Down, the rabbit’s find that their journey is still far from over.

Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 7.26.39 PM.pngThe series is written by Tom Bidwell (BAFTA-nominated “My Mad Fat Diary”) and directed by Noam Murro (“300: Rise of the Empire”). The cast includes McAvoy (“Filth,” “X-Men”) as Hazel, Hoult (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “X-Men”) as Fiver, Kingsley (“Shutter Island,” “Iron Man 3”) as General Woundwort, Boyega (“Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”) as Bigwig, Gemma Arterton (“Made in Dagenham”) as Clover, Miles Jupp (“Rev,” “The Thick of It”) as Blackberry, Freddie Fox (“Pride”) as Captain Holly, Olivia Colman (“The Night Manager,” “The Lobster”) as Strawberry, and Anne-Marie Duff (“Suffragette”) as Hyzenthlay.

Now I really enjoy the original version of Watership Down, which came out in 1978, but I can not wait for an updated version.  What do think about this classic being re-done? Let us know in the comment section below.

2 Comments

  1. I just hope they don’t sanitise it. There was an uproar in the UK media recently because they showed the original movie on Easter Sunday, and many young children were “traumatised” because their parents didn’t know that it features rabbits being killed (sigh). It’s not a cute story about cuddly bunnies. The original book is very dark and often quite terrifying, and is all the better as a result.

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