Netflix has announced that their latest reboot will be The Baby-Sitters Club. The streaming platform has ordered a 10-episode live-action series adaptation of Ann M. Martin‘s bestselling books, which follows the lives of a group of friends living in Stoneybrook, Connecticut.
GLOW showrunner Rachel Shukert will run the show while Lucia Aniello (Broad City) will serve as director and executive producer.
The Baby-Sitters Club books were published between 1986 and 2000, and have sold over 176 million copies. They were a big part of many children’s adolescence, and previously became a series back in the early 90s, while a movie was released in 1995, too.
Getting Shukert on board, who’s already proven with GLOW that she can expertly balance warmth and humour with interesting narratives, is a coup for the show. Author Martin seemed just as excited about the show as her fans when she said in a statement:
“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.
So 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, vice president of Kids & Family at Netflix, added:
“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 contemporise the storylines and adventures of this iconic group of girlfriends to reflect modern-day issues”.