Ann M. Martin’s The Baby-Sitters Club popular book series is being adapted into a new live-action series at Netflix. The streaming service has given the series a 10 episode first season order with GLOW‘s Rachel Shukert on board as showrunner.
Broad City‘s Lucia Aniello is directing and executive producing. Lucy Kitada and Michael De Luca are executive producing, and Ann M. Martin and Naia Cucukov are producing. The series is a Walden Media production.
“I’m amazed that there are so many passionate fans of The Baby-Sitters Club after all these years, and I’m honored 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,” stated author Ann M. Martin.
Martin’s The Baby-Sitters Club books have sold over 180 million copies.
“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,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of Kids & Family at Netflix. “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.”
“For generations, young people have been captivated and inspired by the enterprising young women of The Baby-Sitters Club,” said Frank Smith, president and CEO of Walden Media. “Bringing this iconic series to life comes at a pivotal moment in Walden’s expansion into scripted televised content. We are honored to be part of this special collaboration with Ann M. Martin, Netflix, and Michael De Luca.”
The series is described as a contemporary story focusing on the friendship and babysitting adventures of five best friends in Stoneybrook, Connecticut.