Netflix orders Baby-Sitters Club adaptation to series
Everyone’s favorite babysitters are heading to everyone’s favorite streaming service.
Netflix has ordered an adaptation of Ann M. Martin’s best-selling book series The Baby-Sitters Club to series, it was announced Thursday. Consisting of 10 episodes, the show is a contemporary live-action original series that will follow the friendship and babysitting adventures of five best friends in Stoneybrook, Conn. (Odds are access to landline won’t be play as an important of a role on this new show).
The book series began in 1986 with Kristy’s Great Idea. From there, Martin would go on to write the next 34 books in the series, all of which told a still timely story about female friendship, entrepreneurialism, and empowerment. However, the series didn’t stop there as several writers continued writing BSC novels and now consists of more than 100 books.
“I’m amazed that there are so many passionate fans of The Baby-Sitters Club after all these years, and I’m honored to continue to hear from readers — now grown, who have become writers, editors, teachers, librarians, filmmakers — who say that they see a reflection of themselves in the characters of Kristy and her friends,” said Martin in a statement. “So I’m very excited about the forthcoming series on Netflix, which I hope will inspire a new generation of readers and leaders everywhere.”
This isn’t the first time the series has been translated to the screen, either. There was a 13-episode TV show that aired on HBO in 1990 as well a 1995 film that starred Rachel Leigh Cook, Schuyler Fisk, Bre Blair, and Tricia Joe.
Netflix’s new series comes from Walden Media and Michael De Luca, who will executive produce with Lucy Kitada and director Lucia Aniello. Rachel Shukert (GLOW) will serve as showrunner, and Martin and Walden Media’s Naia Cucukov will produce.
“The themes of The Baby-Sitters Club still resonate 30 years after the original book series was released and there has never been a more opportune time to tell an aspirational story about empowering young female entrepreneurs,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of Kids & Family at Netflix. “Together with Ann M. Martin and the team at Walden Media, our ambition is to contemporize the storylines and adventures of this iconic group of girlfriends to reflect modern-day issues.”