Netflix has announced it has commissioned a remake of the classic Watership Down with Sam Smith signed up for new theme song.
Sam Smith has written a new song ‘Fire on Fire’ in September with Steve Mac as the new theme song. The track was recorded at Abbey Road Studios with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
“I am so excited and honored to be a part of this new adaptation of Watership Down. This story is so powerful and timeless, and it has been thrilling to work with Noam and his team and the incredible Steve Mac on this song for it. I hope everyone loves it as much as I do,” Smith said in a statement Friday.
Director and Executive Producer for Biscuit Entertainment Noam Murro says: “I’m blown away that Sam Smith is bringing his singular voice to our adaptation of Watership Down. With Fire On Fire he’s created a theme song that connects with the heart of this iconic story. Bringing this story to life has been a long and incredible journey made by the immensely talented and dedicated cast and crew. I can’t wait to share the full series with the world this Christmas.”
? First-look at #WatershipDown, coming to @BBCOne this Christmas ? As an early present we're pleased to share that @SamSmithWorld has recorded a new song for the series! ? Plus more cast news > https://t.co/OWQIAYk8Wt pic.twitter.com/yTj5mMR0Ph
— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) November 1, 2018
The cast includes Academy award-nominated actors Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Black Panther) and Rosamund Pike (A Private War, Gone Girl) will play Bluebell and The Black Rabbit Of Inlé respectively, with Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, The Thick Of It) announced to join the cast as the seagull Kehaar.
Watership Down was first published as a novel by Richard Adams in 1972. It is the story of a group of rabbits and how they adapt with each other in their culture.
The book was also made into a television series that ran from 1999 to 2001. Adams also wrote a sequel ‘Tales from Watership Down’ in 1996.
In 1978 the book was adapted for an animated film with Art Garfunkel singing the theme song ‘Bright Eyes’.
Watership Down will debut on Netflix at Christmas.