The new “Watership Down” remake is set to arrive on Netflix around the globe (excluding UK) shortly after it finishes airing on BBC in the UK. The film tells the story of a group of rabbits fleeing human violence and the impending destruction of their home and includes the voice talent of James McAvoy, John Boyega, Nicholas Hoult and Olivia Colman. The original animated film scarred many children for life with its graphic depictions of rabbit slaughter although the new BBC/Netflix co-production “will tone down the levels of on-screen violence to make it more appropriate for children” as well as giving female characters more prominent roles.
Beloved novel Watership Down will be reinterpreted into a four-part animated mini-series set to air in 2018. Set in the idyllic rural landscape of southern England, this tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, towards a promised land and a more perfect society.
For those in the UK it will air in two 1hr 40min episodes on BBC One on 22nd December at 7pm and 23rd December at 7.30pm. For everyone else in the world it will arrive on Netflix on December 23rd.
You can see the BBC trailer and Netflix Twitter trailer below: