Rachel Talalay is bringing Joe Ballarini’s chilling kids’ book series ‘A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting’ to life in a Netflix original movie. Talalay is directing, and Ballarini is writing the screenplay himself. There are three books in the series. The first is self-titled, followed by volume 2, “Beasts & Geeks,” and volume 3, “Mission to Monster Island.” The movie is expected to only adapt the first book, so should it prove a success, expect the other two to also get the Netflix treatment.
Here is the plot description:
When babysitter Kelly Ferguson’s charge is kidnapped by monsters, Kelly is recruited by a secret society of badass babysitters, who protect children destined to change the world.
This is the summary of the first book:
“The book is about an apathetic babysitter who doesn’t like kids very much and is horrified to discover that the child she is sitting for has been stolen by monsters. It’s her responsibility along, with a secret society of baby sitters who do battle against the creatures of the night, to save the child and the world from things that go bump in the night.”
Talalay’s credits include episodes of ‘American Gods’, ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’, ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Doom Patrol’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Iron Fist’, ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, ‘Riverdale’, ‘Sherlock’, and ‘Supergirl’ among others. At one point, she was under consideration to helm ‘Captain Marvel’. She has experience tackling scary subject matter, with her first film being ‘Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare’.
In addition to penning the ‘Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting’ books, Ballarini is a screenwriter and director himself. He co-wrote the screenplay for ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’ and an episode of ‘Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!’. He also co-wrote and directed the comedy ‘Father Vs. Son’.
Ivan Reitman and Amie Karp will produce, with Naia Cucukov of Walden Media, Tom Pollock, and Ilona Herzberg executive producing.
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