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.
Just press play and drag your screen around to look around the entire bookshop, and make sure you have the volume up, as Neil is telling us all about the features inside. Listen out for the Pratchett tribute too!
Lisey’s Story came about when, in June 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van and seriously injured. His wife Tabitha decided to redesign his studio while King was in hospital and after seeing his books and belongings in boxes the writer got a glimpse of what it would be like if the accident had been fatal.
Speaking in 2017, Stephen King told Variety:
“Lisey’s Story is my favourite of the books and I would love to see that done, especially now that there’s a kind of openness on the streaming services on TV and even the cable networks. There’s more freedom to do stuff now and when you do a movie from a book, there’s this thing that I call the sitting on a suitcase syndrome. That is where you try to pack in all the clothes at once and the suitcase won’t close. So it’s tough to take a book that is fully textured, and do it in two hours and 10 minutes. But as a TV show you have 10 hours.”
Streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime have become increasingly interested in showcasing already-existing stories, which King attributes in part to the success of IT.