Netflix announces The Baby-Sitters Club live-action series
Netflix just announced 10 episodes of a live-action dramedy series based on Ann M. Martin’s best-selling book series The Baby-Sitters Club. The original series will follow the friendship and babysitting adventures of five best friends, Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, and Dawn Schafer, who babysit while solving problems in Stoneybrook, Connecticut.
The immensely popular book series has over 200 books licensed in over 20 territories with more than 180 million copies sold to date.
The family-friendly adaptation comes from Walden Media and Michael De Luca, who will serve as executive producer alongside De Luca Productions’ Lucy Kitada. Rachel Shukert (GLOW) will serve as showrunner and Lucia Aniello (Broad City) will both direct and executive produce. Ann M. Martin and Walden Media’s Naia Cucukov will also serve as 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,” said Martin of her long-running series. “I’m very excited about the forthcoming series on Netflix, which I hope will inspire a new generation of readers and leaders everywhere.“
Melissa Cobb, Kids & Family Vice President at Netflix added to Martin’s sentiment. “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. 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.”
There’s no word yet on casting details or a premiere date.