Richard Adams beloved noveland the infamously traumatizing 1978 animated adaptationabout a group of rabbits in search of a new home is getting an all-star re-imagining from Netflix and the BBC. In? Better roles for female characters. Out? Apparently, some of the novels shocking moments of brutality.
The BBC has been circling a new adaptation of the 1972 novel since 2014, but todays announcement of a partnership with Netflix will see the four-part CGI series hit the streaming service and UK television simultaneously in 2017. Theres already an incredibly impressive cast associated with the project, including James McAvoy, John Boyega, Sir Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Nicholas Hoult, and many more.
I can see the desire to tell the WD story without the grisly traumatizing scenes, though I hope this isn't just another "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" bowdlerization. I saw a few eps of the Canadian series and they were pretty good.
Boosting up more female characters (including turning one of the male rabbits female) might force a restructuring of the storyline, though. The rabbits escape the humans fairly quickly and then spend the next 3/4ths of the book and movie putting their lives at risk trying to, ah, "liberate" more females. How much of the motivating story will they need to change?