The BBC is developing a new CGI version of the much-loved (yet harrowing) children’s story Watership Down, RadioTimes.com can reveal.
The new script is in the early stages but the BBC hope that a retelling of Richard Adams’ much-loved book about rabbits Thumper, Fiver, Hazel and co’s search for a new home will be a hit with new audiences.
The story has already been told in a 1978 animated film directed by Martin Rosen and featuring the voices of John Hurt, Ralph Richardson, Denholm Elliott and Richard Briers. It was a box-office success, popular with children and adults alike.
“People love the 1978 film in but with new CGI technology we can do amazing things – you can see the wind blowing the fur which you didn’t get with the cartoon film,” a mole (or should that rabbit?) tells RadioTimes.com.
The hero of the story is Fiver, a young buck rabbit who has a frightening vision of destruction. A group of rabbits led by the resourceful Hazel then steal away to find a safer home in an epic journey filled with adventure and fraught with danger.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years writing for Stage newspaper, Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times, The Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.