The Letter for the King, based on the classic Dutch book by Tonke Dragt, has been greenlit as a Netflix Orginal for their family & kids division. Will Davies (“How to Train Your Dragon”, "Puss in Boots” ) has adapted the novel for the SVOD service, and will executive produce alongside Paul Trijbits (“Saving Mr. Banks”). Chris Clark is the series producer. The series will shoot on location in New Zealand and Czech with production getting underway this fall.
Tonke Dragt’s medieval adventure novel was first published in 1962. Combining elements of classic fairy tales and legend, it has since been published in 25 languages, sold over a million copies, and won numerous awards including the only once awarded Griffel of Griffels. This classic medieval adventure novel, its universal themes and Tonke Dragt’s compelling style of storytelling continues to enthral readers of all ages. The Letter for the King was first published in 1962, translated in over 25 languages and honoured with the Best Children Book Prize and the only one awarded the Griffel of Griffels for Best Children's Book of All Time. In 2014, the book was translated into English and published by Pushkin Press in the U.K. to great critical acclaim.
Set across three kingdoms, the story follows a teenage squire, Tiuri, who embarks on a perilous mission to deliver a secret letter to the king. The task takes him on an epic and dangerous adventure as the fate of the kingdom lies on his shoulders.
Netflix will launch the series across its global footprint, adding to its growing roster of kids and family original shows. It is the first time a Dutch book will be adapted as an original series for the streaming service FilmWave acquired the rights to the property from Amsterdam-based publishing house Leopold.
Cast includes: Amir Wilson as Tiuri (The Secret Garden), Ruby Serkis as Lavinia (National Treasure), Thaddea Graham as Iona (Curfew), Islam Bouakkaz as Arman, Jack Barton as Foldo, Jonah Lees as Jussipo (Tale of Tales), and Nathanael Saleh as Piak (Mary Poppins Returns).
With: Emilie Cocquerel (The New Legend of Monkey), Yorick van Wageningen (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Gijs Blom (Suspects), Jakob Oftebro (Lilyhammer), Kemi-Bo Jacobs (McMafia), Ken Nwosu (The Man), Peter Ferdinando (Ghost in the Shell), Tawfeek Barhom (The Looming Tower), David Wilmot (The Guard) and Omid Djalili (Dickensian).