Watership Down is back! - For Reading Addicts

Watership Down is back!

Watership Down is best known to those of us who were children in the 1970s and 80s as the harrowing tale of anthropomorphised rabbit life. The original book was written by Richard Adams and published in 1972 and went on to win prestigious awards for its “dazzlingly brave and intuitive” story.

A 1978 movie adaptation starring acting legends Richard Briers and John Hurt is perhaps the best known of the adaptations but it has had many adaptations through the past few decades- television, radio, theatre, and film.

The latest adaptation is getting the BBC/Netflix collaboration treatment as the two entertainment powerhouses create a Watership Down for the next generation. The film will star James McAvoy as Hazel, Nicholas Hoult as Fiver, John Boyega as Bigwig, Olivia Colman as Strawberry, Ben Kingsley as General Woundwort, Tom Wilkinson as Threarah, and Taron Egerton as El-ahrairah, Peter Capaldi as the rabbits’ seagull friend Kehaar, Daniel Kaluuya plays Bluebell, and Rosamund Pike is the Black Rabbit of Inle.

The new Watership Down is set to be a star-studded event!




Here is a look at the first images to be released of the new movie- keep your ear to the ground for release dates and a trailer.

Unfortunately for those who loved Art Garfunkel’s song Bright Eyes for the 1978 movie, it won’t be returning. A new song by British singer and songwriter Sam Smith will take its place- Fire On Fire– and we believe it will be a song in the same vein as Art’s heart-wrenching theme.

Unlike the memorable 1978 version this movie will have less blood but be warned- there will be bunny death. Much, much bunny death.




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