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Netflix's Watership Down miniseries to star John Boyega, Ben Kingsley

Classic nightmare fuel gets a reboot

BBC One and Netflix are teaming to bring classic lapine adventure Watership Down to a new generation. Based on the Richard Adams' novel, the computer-animated miniseries will premiere next year, according to a press release.

The cast of the four-part show, airing on Netflix worldwide and BBC One in the U.K., includes several big names: James McAvoy (X-Men), Nicholas Hoult (also X-Men), Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley and John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) are all top-billed, voicing members of the band of rabbits who embark on an intense journey away from home. Joining them is director Noam Murro, who helmed 300: Rise of the Empire.

Each episode will run 60 minutes, the BBC said. There's no release date given beyond 2017 worldwide.

The Netflix-BBC co-production won't be Watership Down's first adaptation. In 1978, a British animated film found success in its home country. That feature film later became known as a strong example of "nightmare fuel," a trope defined by disturbing content found within entertainment typically made for kids.

Years later, a British-Canadian cartoon series based on the novel premiered, running from 1999 until 2001; it was decidedly less scary.

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