The magical family series The Mysterious Benedict Society is finding a new home on Disney+.
Hulu originally planned to debut the adaptation of Trenton Lee Stewart’s bestselling book series. Now, the show will switch streamers to land on Disney+ in 2021.
Walt Disney Television’s Dana Walden described the series as “a beautifully executed adaptation.”
“It’s original, clever and fun for the whole family, which makes it the perfect fit for Disney+,” said Walden. “Having seen the first few episodes of this show, there is no better home for it than Disney+.”
The show stars Emmy® Award winner Tony Hale (“Veep,” “Arrested Development”) in the titular role and features a standout ensemble of young actors. Placed undercover at a boarding school known as The Institute, a group of orphans must foil a nefarious plot with global ramifications while creating a new sort of family along the way.
Series writers/creators Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay said they were excited to debut the show on Disney+.
“We are so thrilled that Disney+ will be the home for our show. What a great place to be! It’s a beautiful thing to feel as supported and inspired as we have, every step of the way, by our entire team at 20th, Hulu and the Disney family; and we are honored and gratified by the belief in the show this represents. From the moment Jamie and Karen brought us these fantastic books, through our collaboration with Todd, Darren, Tony and our amazing cast and crew, we’ve felt very lucky. Certainly feeling that way today.”
The Mysterious Benedict Society book sold over 3 million copies. Time magazine awarded it the “Best Young Adult Book of all Time.”
You can expect the eight-episode first season to hit Disney+ in 2021.
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