Disney’s ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ Finds Its Leads

Kat Coiro might be busy currently promoting her contribution to Marvel’s She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, but production on her next project at Disney is slowly ramping up.

Earlier this week, it was revealed Christian Slater would be playing the villain in the series. Now, according to Deadline, the show has found its protagonists.

Lyon Daniels and Noah Cottrell will play twins Jared and Simon Grace. Jared is described as adventurous, clever, and short-tempered, while Simon is more thoughtful and rational.

Daniels previously starred in Robert Rodriguez’s We Can Be Heroes. Cottrell, on the other hand, is coming off a run on HBO Max’s recently canceled Gordita Chronicles.

The Spiderwick Chronicles follows the adventures of the Grace children, twins Simon and Jared and their older sister Mallory, after they move into the Spiderwick Estate and discover a world of fairies that they never knew existed.

She-Hulk director, Kat Coiro is set to direct the series’ first two episodes. She will also executive produce the series. Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, who wrote and illustrated the books together, will also serve as executive producers of the series. Paramount Television Studios and 20th Television are producing the series. Aron Eli Coleite (Locke & Key) is the showrunner. Casting is currently underway.

The Spiderwick Chronicles were originally published in five installments between 2003 and 2004. The books made their way to the New York Times bestselling list alongside other children’s series of the time like Artemis Fowl and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Later, the two authors collaborated again on a spin-off series titled Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles. In 2008, a film adaptation was released by Paramount which sought to cover the events of the original five books. Like the film adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events, it followed a similar pattern of significantly condensing the story by including several books into one film. This upcoming adaptation for Disney+ will likely allow for more room for the story to breathe and the events to unfold in a more natural pace.

SOURCE: Deadline

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