The classic novel, “Watership Down” that I am sure everyone read in school, is getting another adaptation: this time via the BBC and with way more bitchin’ voice acting.
The Richard Adam allegorical rabbit tale was first released as a novel in 1972 before being adapted into a feature length animated movie in 1978. Now the BBC is going to adapt it once more as an animated miniseries featuring the voice acting of en Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, John Boyega, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Freddie Fox, Anne-Marie Duff, Miles Jupp and Olivia Colman.
“Watership Down” is set in the rural landscape of southern England, where a group of rabbits must flee from the intrusion of humans and the impending destruction of their homes. With a pair of bunny brothers taking the lead, the group ventures from their native land to an ideal society. Along the way, they face predators and adversaries that test their courage and will.
Matthew Read, BBC’s network drama commissioning editor, released a statement championing their retelling of the famous novel.
“Richard Adams’ novel is one of the most successful books of all time and one of the biggest selling books in history,” Read said. “It is fantastic to have the opportunity to bring a modern classic to a mainstream BBC One audience with such an incredible roster of actors alongside the talented team overseeing the animation.”
The four-part CGI miniseries is slated to air in 2017 and will see Kingsley, Boyega, McAvoy and Hoult voicing the stories central characters, led by McAvoy’s Hazel and Hoult’s Fiver. The project is being produced by U.K. production and management company 42, in addition to Noam Murro’s Biscuit Films. Murro (300: Rise of an Empire) will direct, while BAFTA-nominated Tom Bidwell will pen the script.
Co-director Pete Dodd (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Frankenweenie) is leading the series’ CGI animation team, along with producer Hugo Sands and animation studio Brown Bag Films.