Many young readers who grew up in the late '80s and '90s were downright obsessed with Ann M. Martin's book series The Baby-Sitters Club. Some of us saw ourselves as style-savvy Claudia or boy-crazy, outgoing Stacey, while others related to shy, aspiring writer Mary Ann, sporty Kristy, or eco-conscious Dawn. Martin's characters were so memorable that it's no wonder they were brought to life in two screen adaptations (a one-season series for HBO in 1990 and a major motion picture in 1995). Now, the BSC is set to hit TVs once more, and this time, the Stonybrook BFFs are getting a 21st century update.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that the new family-friendly series will feature all of the original main characters and reportedly tackle topics such as divorce, racism, and inclusivity. The show is being produced by Walden Media, the production company behind The Chronicles of Narnia, and Michael De Luca Productions, which produced Moneyball, so you know it's in good hands. Not to mention that Broad City's Lucia Aniello is currently in talks to direct, while Rachel Shukert, from GLOW and Supergirl, is talking about getting involved as a showrunner.
The 1995 movie starred Rachael Leigh Cook, Larisa Oleynik, and Schuyler Fisk, among others, making for a fairly memorable cast. It'll certainly be interesting to see which young stars end up on this new iteration.
No matter what, it sounds like the producers plan to do the original story justice. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Walden Media Senior VP of Development of Production Naia Cucukov said, “We feel incredibly honored that Ann M. Martin has allowed us the chance to introduce the BSC to a new generation of future thought leaders and influencers," and she looks forward to bringing to life the series's "enduring messages of entrepreneurialism, empowerment, diversity, and most importantly, female friendships."