In a surprising move, The Spiderwick Chronicles has found a new home on the small screen. Originally ordered to series by Disney+, the upcoming series will now move to Roku. The news comes courtesy of Deadline with the outlet reporting that Roku has picked up the U.S. rights to the adaptation of the beloved books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.
“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 at Roku Media said in a statement to the press. “We cannot wait to introduce this exquisitely crafted series, imagined by a world-class creative team, to millions of streamers.”
The Spiderwick Chronicles will serve as the biggest title for Roku to date. As Deadline notes, to date, the Roku channel has mainly been the home to former Quibi content it acquired in 2021 after that service shut down. The series is produced by showrunner, Aron Eli Coleite, director Kat Coiro, Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell, D.J. Goldberg, Julie Kane-Ritsch and Grace Gilroy.
The series, which consists of eight episodes, hails from Paramount Television Studios and 20th Television. It stars Joy Bryant and Christian Slater and is expected to debut on Roku in early 2024.