EXCLUSIVE: Netflix will turn the Joe Ballarini children’s three-book series A Babysitter’s Guide To Monster Hunting into a family film, setting Rachel Talalay to direct it. The author is writing the script. Book was published under the HarperCollins imprint Katherine Tegen Books.
Walden Media and Montecito Pictures Company are producing and have been developing the series for several years. Ivan Reitman and Amie Karp will produce, with Naia Cucukov of Walden Media, Tom Pollock, and Ilona Herzberg executive producing.
Talalay’s credits include most recently directing episodes of American Gods, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Riverdale, Supergirl and The Flash;; she’s directed Sherlock and Doctor Who episodes in the UK and has feature credits that include Tank Girl and Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare.
When babysitter Kelly Ferguson’s charge is kidnapped by monsters, Kelly is recruited by a secret society of badass babysitters, who protect children destined to change the world.
The movie is based on the first installment of Ballarini’s A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting book trilogy, with the followups A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting #2: Beats & Geeks and A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting #3: Mission to Monster Island.
Talalay is repped by Gersh, Casarotto Ramsay and attorney John LaViolette; Ballarini is Verve and McKuin Frankel.