Netflix has ordered a new Kids & Family original series based on Tonke Dragt's medieval adventure novel, The Letter for the King. Deadline reported that "this is the streaming service's first Dutch book adaption, though the coming-of-age series will be shot in English. U.K.-based FilmWave acquired the international television rights in a deal with Amsterdam-based publishing house Leopold." Production on the series is set to start in the fall in New Zealand and Netflix will release globally.
Will Davies (How to Train Your Dragon, Puss in Boots) is adapting the book for Netflix, together with Dutch producer Paul Trijbits (Saving Mr. Banks, The Casual Vacancy) for FilmWave.
The novel was originally published in 1962 and has been translated into 25 languages, including English in 2014 by Pushkin Press. It won the Griffel der Griffels for Best Children's Book of All Time and is "a beloved part of Dutch culture," Deadline wrote.