Watership Down was famously adapted to the screen in 1978, with John Hurt in the starring role of heroic leader Hazel, who attempts to lead his warren to safety from numerous apocalyptic threats. The book was also adapted for TV from 1999 to 2001, with Stephen Fry, Rik Mayall, and Dawn French all lending their vocal talents to the show.


The new miniseries will air in four parts on the BBC, and presumably land in one big block on Netflix for other markets. The Fantastic Mr. Fox animator Pete Dodd will lead the CGI animation for the production.

[via Deadline]

UPDATE: Variety has posted the actual casting information for this new Watership Down, with X-Men veteran McAvoy playing Hazel, Nicholas Hoult (a.k.a. Nux from Mad Max: Fury Road) as the prophetic Fiver, Boyega as the physically powerful Bigwig, and Kingsley in the role of Woundwort. Meanwhile, Arterton will play Clover, while Peep Show (and a bunch of other great stuff) actress Olivia Colman is playing Strawberry (who’s a male rabbit in Adams’ original book). All told, it’s an amazing cast, only slightly dampened by the fact that the whole thing will be directed by Noam Murro, whose only major credit is 2014’s dismal 300: Rise Of An Empire.