Series to launch with hour-long special written and directed ‘She-Ra and The Princesses of Power’ creator, Noelle Stevenson; her graphic novel ‘Nimona’ is also currently being adapted by Blue Sky Animation, set for release in 2022.
HBO Max has secured the rights to develop BOOM! Studios’ Eisner Award-winning “Lumberjanes” graphic novels as an animated series, with She-Ra and The Princesses of Power creator and showrunner Noelle Stevenson set to adapt and executive produce. The streamer has given the show a script-to-series order and is set to launch the project with an hour-long special being written and directed by Stevenson.
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Stevenson is just coming off a critically acclaimed 52 episode run as creator and showrunner of She-Ra and The Princesses of Power for Netflix and DreamWorks Animation, for which received Emmy and GLAAD Award nominations. She also wrote and illustrated the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel “Nimona,” which is currently being adapted as an animated feature by Disney’s Blue Sky Animation division and will be released in 2022. Stevenson has a track record of creating strong female characters in print and employing strong female teams to help bring those characters to life.
The “Lumberjanes” comics, created by Stevenson, Shannon Watters and Grace Ellis, follow five friends, April, Jo, Mal, Molly, and Ripley, during their first summer at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thilstle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. These new cabinmates soon discover that there is more to this camp than earning badges, and that their camp director is harboring a secret that is the key to answering a mystery as old as the camp itself. Throughout their summer these hardcore lady types will have to overcome obstacles involving supernatural creatures and cabin rivalries, proving that some campfire stories are real and learning the true meaning of friendship.
AWN spoke to Stevenson earlier this year in May, as well as last year in April, about Netflix’s reboot of the iconic 1985 Filmation series, She-Ra: Princess of Power, and her efforts to both modernize and humanize the female characters through stories that both resonate with a new generation of fans as well embrace contemporary sensibilities regarding female and LGBT empowerment. These are sensibilities that Stevenson has clearly championed in “Lumberjanes,” which undoubtedly will translate to the animated adaptation as well.
Executive producers for BOOM! Studios are Ross Richie and Stephen Christy; Mette Norkjaer will co-executive produce along with “Lumberjanes” co-creators Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, and Brooklyn Allen.
Source: BOOM! Studios