On the morning of February 10th, Netflix casually tweeted an announcement that caused an entire generation’s inner child to levitate out of bed and cry “Eulalia!” with one voice: the streaming platform had acquired the rights to the entirety of Brian Jacques’ beloved Redwall series. Plans were announced for a feature film and an “event series” to start, with no information yet on casting, timeline, or other details.
Jacques’ medieval fantasy adventure series, a proto-cottagecore masterpiece with a colorful cast of anthropomorphic wildlife, was written for the age range we now refer to as middle grade and spanned 22 books, from the 1986 publication of Redwall to the publication of The Rogue Crew in 2011, several months after the author’s death. The books have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, and given that the series’ fans are largely well into adulthood by now, the nostalgia is ripe for the picking.
But, of course, we have some questions.