Today is Disney+ Day, which means the streamer is announcing a whole host of trailers, release dates, and other promotional mayhem—including word that a series adaptation of Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi’s beloved Spiderwick Chronicles is in the works!
The five-book series follows the adventures of three siblings who discover a secret world of fairies in a run-down estate called Spiderwick.
There are five main Spiderwick books and a three-book spinoff series and several companion books. If you feel like maybe you’ve seen all this somewhere before, maybe you did: There was a Spiderwick Chronicles movie in 2008, which starred Mary-Louise Parker as Helen Grace, and Sarah Bolger and Freddie Highmore as her children (Highmore played twins Jared and Simon).
The summary for the first book, The Field Guide, puts the premise succinctly:
After finding a mysterious, handmade field guide in the attic of the ramshackle old mansion they’ve just moved into, Jared; his twin brother, Simon; and their older sister, Mallory, discover that there’s a magical and maybe dangerous world existing parallel to our own—the world of faerie.
The Grace children want to share their story, but the faeries will do everything possible to stop them…
Black has, of course, written a lot of books involving faeries, from her debut novel Tithe to her recent Folk of the Air series, all of which would make excellent series. So here’s hoping Disney’s Spiderwick Chronicles takes off, and that this is just the beginning of a Holly Black cinematic universe (make a Doll Bones movie, Disney! C’mon!).
No further details have been announced just yet.
Your field guide to a world of fantasy. #TheSpiderwickChronicles, a new live-action Original Series based on the best-selling books, is coming to #DisneyPlus. #DisneyPlusDay pic.twitter.com/AbDkEPntZV
— Disney+ (@disneyplus) November 12, 2021