Netflix has given a 10-episode series order to a new adaptation of the “The Baby-Sitters Club” book series, the streamer announced on Thursday.
Based on Ann M. Martin’s best-selling book series, the new “Baby-Sitters Club” is described as “a contemporary live action original series that will follow the friendship and babysitting adventures of five best friends in Stoneybrook, Connecticut.”
“GLOW” alum Rachel Shukert is set to serve as showrunner, with Lucia Aniello attached to direct.
The adaptation hails from Walden Media and executive producer Michael De Luca. Lucy Kitada of De Luca Productions will also serve as an executive producer. Martin and Walden Media’s Naia Cucukov are producers.
“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. So I’m very excited about the forthcoming series on Netflix, which I hope will inspire a new generation of readers and leaders everywhere,” Martin said in a statement.
“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,” added 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.”