Remember 'The Babysitter Club'? They were only the best kids ever written, bar none. The popular '90s books are now set to get a revival as a live-action TV series on Netflix.
The “family-friendly adaptation" will feature the five original Babysitter Club members; Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, and Dawn Schafer. The ten-episode adaptation will see 'Glow' and 'Supergirl' alum Rachel Shukert serve as showrunner while Luica Aniello directs and former New Line Cinema and DreamWorks president of production Michael De Luca ('The Social Network') will executive produce.
Get ready to be reunited with The Baby-Sitters Club — a.k.a Kristy, Mary-Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and Dawn! #Glow & #Supergirl alum Rachel Shukert will serve as showrunner on our new 10-episode, live-action series w/ @LuciaAniello (#BroadCity #RoughNight) directing pic.twitter.com/enazf3O7PG
— See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) February 28, 2019
'The Babysitters Club' books were first published in 1986 by author Ann M.Martin and went on to run for 14 years with 200 books published selling over 180 million copies.
Martin, who will serve as a producer on the series, 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."
This isn't the first time the books have been adapted, there was a short-lived HBO TV series back in 1990 and a movie in 1995 which starred Rachel Leigh Cook.
The Netflix series about a very entrepreneurial group of young teenage girls will tackle themes around divorce, racism and belonging in a series geared for kids, teens and adults.
Netflix's Melissa Cobb said: "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."
We cannot wait.