Millennials, rejoice – The Baby-Sitters Club is getting a modern-day update for Netflix.
If you grew up in the late Eighties or Nineties, chances are that you probably have a special place in your heart for The Baby-Sitters Club.
Penned by author Ann M. Martin, the iconic YA novels followed the lives of a group of friends living in Stoneybrook, Connecticut, and sold 176 million copies.
With titles like Dawn, and Older Boy, Stacey’s Secret Friend, and Jessi’s Big Break, the series taught young readers about relationships, dealing with family issues, and provided lessons for overcoming jealousy and coping with competitive situations.
We last heard from the gang in the year 2000, when they graduated from middle school. However, it seems as if a reunion of sorts is in order, as it has now been confirmed that a Netflix reboot of the much-loved series is in the works.
That’s right: Netflix has confirmed that it’s creating a contemporary-set, live-action show based on the original books, which will (obviously) follow the friendship and babysitting adventures of five best friends in Stoneybrook, Conn.
And, spanning 10 episodes, the family-friendly adaptation is being produced by some seriously impressive women. Think GLOW’s Rachel Shukert (“GLOW”) as showrunner and Broad City’s Lucia Aniello, who will also serve as director.
“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, Netflix vice president of content for kids and families, in the announcement.
Ann M. Martin added: “I’m amazed that there are so many passionate fans of The Baby-Sitters Club after all these years, and I’m honoured 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.”
The reboot, which will feature original characters from the book series, was originally plotted by Walden Media and Michael De Luca Productions.
Naia Cucukov, Walden Media’s senior vice-president of development and production, said: “As lifelong fans of The Baby-Sitters Club and its enduring messages of entrepreneurialism, empowerment, diversity and most importantly, female friendships, we couldn’t be more thrilled to work on this special project with Rachel and Lucia.
“We feel incredibly honoured that Ann M Martin has allowed us the chance to introduce the BSC to a new generation of future thought leaders and influencers.”