The Spiderwick Chronicles is coming back to life! Initially it was reported that Disney+ was set to release a series based on the children’s books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. However, they have since passed on the rights to Roku.

Keep reading for everything we know about the series so far.

Will There Be a ‘Spiderwick Chronicles’ TV Series?

Disney+ made the official announcement of the upcoming series in November 2021 via Twitter. “Your field guide to a world of fantasy,” the tweet read, “#TheSpiderwickChronicles, a new live-action Original Series based on the best-selling books, is coming to #DisneyPlus.”

Aron Eli Coleite was set to serve as showrunner and executive producer alongside the authors of the original novels, Tony and Holly, according to Deadline. They were set to be joined by Jeremy BellEllen Goldsmith-VeinD.J. Goldberg, and Julie Kane-Ritsch. Kat Coiro was pegged to direct and executive produce the first two episodes of the series, Deadline reported in May 2022.

Who Is Starring in ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ Series?

Lyon Daniels and Noah Cottrell have been cast as twin brothers Jaren and Simon, respectively. Christian Slater is set to play Mulgarath.

Jack Dylan Grazer will be voicing a character named Thimbletack, “a boggart who lives in the walls of the Spiderwick Estate,” per Variety.

Was ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ Series Canceled?

In August 2023, Deadline reported that the show was canceled by Disney+. However, Roku bought the rights in October 2023.

“It is an honor to bring The Spiderwick Chronicles, a spectacular adventure-filled story led by the incredible Christian Slater and Joy Bryant, exclusively to The Roku Channel,” Brian Tannenbaum, Head of Originals, Roku Media, said in a statement to Deadline at the time. “We cannot wait to introduce this exquisitely crafted series, imagined by a world-class creative team, to millions of streamers.”

The Roku Channel

What Is ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ About?

The Spiderwick Chronicles tells the story of the Grace family — twin brothers Jared and Simon, sister Mallory and their mother Helen — as they move into their great-great uncle’s home and discover a world of fairies that exists parallel to their own. There are eight novels in the book series: The Field Guide, The Seeing Stone, Lucinda’s Secret, The Ironwood Tree and The Wrath of Mulgarath. A spinoff series, titled Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, consists of three novels: The Nixie’s Song, A Giant Problem and The Wyrm King.

A film adaptation of the books debuted in 2008 and starred Freddie HighmoreSarah BolgerMary-Louise ParkerMartin Short and Seth Rogen.

When Will ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ Premiere?

The show is set to premiere on April 19, 2024.

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