A new series adaptation of Ann M. Martin’s best-selling book series, The Baby-Sitters Club, is heading to Netflix.
The streaming giant has announced that the series will be coming from Walden Media and Oscar-nominated producer Michael De Luca (The Social Network, Moneyball, Captain Phillips). De Luca will be on board as executive producer alongside De Luca Productions’ Lucy Kitada.
A 10-episode order has been handed to the live-action series, which will follow the friendship and babysitting adventures of five best friends – Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, and Dawn Schafer – in Stoneybrook, Connecticut.
“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 author Ann M. Martin. “So I’m very excited about the forthcoming series on Netflix, which I hope will inspire a new generation of readers and leaders everywhere.”
Said Melissa Cobb, vice president of Kids & Family at Netflix: “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.”
The Baby-Sitters Club books are hugely popular, selling more than 180 million copies to date with over 200 books licensed in over 20 territories. Martin penned the first 35 books in the series and ghostwriters wrote the subsequent novels.