Magazine article Screen International

Netflix, John Boyega, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy Join 'Watership Down'

Magazine article Screen International

Netflix, John Boyega, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy Join 'Watership Down'

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Netflix has boarded BBC1's remake of classic children's novel Watership Down.

The global online streaming service has taken worldwide rights excluding UK for the 4x60-minute animated series, which will star James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, John Boyega, Gemma Arterton, Freddie Fox, Olivia Colman and Anne-Marie Duff.

It is produced by 42 Production Company, the television production division of management firm 42, which looks after well-known actors such as Michael Caine, Christopher Lee and Emily Mortimer, directed by 300: Rise Of An Empire director Noam Murro, whose production outfit Biscuit Films are co-producers, and written by My Mad Fat Diary's Tom Bidwell.

Watership Down, which was turned into an animated feature film in 1978, is set in the south of England and follows a group of rabbits as they are forced to flee their warren and find a new home. …

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