Growing up in the ’90s, I devoured “The Baby-Sitters Club” books and daydreamed about the day that I could start my own neighborhood babysitting business.
The book series by Ann M. Martin is a cultural touchstone for women of a certain age, and similar to how “Sex and the City” fans identify as a Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda or Samantha, those who read “The Baby-sitters Club” books can tell you which original club member they related to most: Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, Dawn or Mary Anne.
Now, the iconic young adult novels will find new life in a new small-screen adaptation.
The fictional town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut is poised to come to life via half-hour episodes. “Broad City’s” Lucia Aniello is in talks to direct, while Rachel Shukert of “Glow” may be tapped as showrunner.
The family-friendly show, like the books, will tackle important topics for young girls — including divorce, racism and fitting in — that are both universal and timely.
“As lifelong fans of ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ and its enduring messages of entrepreneurialism, empowerment, diversity and most importantly, female friendships, we couldn’t be more thrilled to work on this special project with Rachel and Lucia,” Naia Cucukov, Walden Media’s senior vice president of development and production, told The Hollywood Reporter.
“We feel incredibly honored that Ann M. Martin has allowed us the chance to introduce the ‘BSC’ to a new generation of future thought leaders and influencers,” Cucukov said.
This is not the first time the popular series has been adapted for the screen. A single-season TV show based on the books aired on HBO in 1990, and in 1995, “The Baby-Sitters Club” movie starring Rachel Leigh Cook as Mary Anne hit theaters.
The series’ author, Ann M. Martin, loves hearing about the impact her books have had on the kids who loved them as children or tweens.
“But my favorite thing to hear about are people who grew up reading them, and have gone on to go into writing, become librarians, teachers, authors, editors,” she told Elle in 2014. “I just love hearing about that.”
Many of the young readers likely became entrepreneurs, too, as Kristy and the gang of little business owners were some of our first inspirational glimpses at “girlbosses.”
Here’s hoping that this latest revival from the ’80s and ’90s comes to fruition! Will you watch a “Baby-Sitters Club” show?