Spies are always en vogue! Deadline has reported that a new Harriet the Spy animated series was ordered by Apple TV+. Will McRobb, the creator of Nickelodeon’s The Adventures of Pete and Pete, is set to pen the script. In addition, Beanie Feldstein, Jane Lynch, and Lacey Chabert are all attached to star. Feldstein will voice the titular character of Harriet.
Now, this is the first animated adaptation of the famed 1964 children’s book by Louise Fitzhugh. If you’ll recall, there was a 1996 family film under the same name, which starred Michelle Trachtenberg as the feisty Harriet. Harriet the Spy tells the story of an 11-year old girl (Feldstein) who harbors a curiosity for everything. We see her embark on adventures amid her objective to become a professional writer. Lynch will voice the role of Harriet’s nanny, Ole Golly. Chabert will lend her voice to popular girl Marion Hawthorne.
Harriet the Spy is the latest addition to Apple TV+ original content curated toward children. The Jim Henson Company and Rehab Entertainment will develop the series, while McRobb will also serve as executive producer.
Of course, you may recognize Feldstein from her work in the critically lauded Olivia Wilde film Booksmart. Lynch is best known for her villainous turn on Ryan Murphy musical vehicle Glee as the devious Sue Sylvester. Chabert is etched into the pop culture echelon as Gretchen Wieners in Tina Fey‘s Mean Girls.
I’m game for this! Especially since this is the first animated iteration of Harriet the Spy, so it’s not like Hollywood is beating a dead horse. And who doesn’t love children’s cartoons? The book is a literary staple, and hopefully the impending animated adaptation will reignite interest in Fitzhugh’s timeless book.
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