Per Deadline, Netflix is planning to turn Joe Ballarini‘s three-book children’s series A Babysitter’s Guide To Monster Hunting into a family film. The streaming giant has tapped Rachel Talalay (Tank Girl) to direct, while the author himself will write the script.
The series centres on an apathetic babysitter named Kelly who doesn’t like kids very much, and is horrified to discover that the child she is sitting for has been stolen by monsters. She is recruited by a secret society of babysitters, who protect children destined to change the world. The movie is based only on the first book, hinting that Netflix sees a potential franchise here.
Talalay had a solid film career behind the camera in the 90s, but has most recently taken to directing episodes of acclaimed TV shows such as American Gods, Riverdale, Sherlock, and The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina. Walden Media and Montecito Pictures Company are producing the film, and have reportedly been trying to develop an adaptation of the book series for years.
With Disney+ coming soon and promising the whole family-friendly Disney back catalogue, perhaps Netflix felt the need to create some family-orientated content of their own. But although Disney and Apple are coming for their throne, the streaming giant is probably not too worried. They’ve always been a platform for a wide array of content, and A Babysitter’s Guide To Monster Hunting is just the latest addition.