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Netflix and the BBC are teaming up to remake the classic children's film 'Watership Down'. The film – based on Richard Adams' novel of the same name – tells the story of a group of rabbits trying to find a new home after escaping the destruction of their warren.

The remake will be a four-part animated mini series. It will air on the BBC in the UK and on Netflix internationally.

The film became notorious for its brutal depiction of violence, which was unheard of for a children's film. Indeed, the British Board of Film Classification recently said if released today, the film would be rated PG rather than its current U rating.

Just a few weeks ago, Channel 5 was criticised for broadcasting the film on Easter Sunday afternoon, a time usually reserved for more sedate fare.

Producer Rory Aitken has said the mini-series won't "shy away" from the novel's dark themes, though it won't be as shocking as the film.

It will also boast an all-star cast. James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, John Boyega and Sir Ben Kingsley will all lend their vocal talents to the characters. The original film starred John Hurt and Richard Briers.

This will be the first co-production from the BBC and Netflix. Though the two have signed deals before, most notably for Netflix to screen the new 'Top Gear' in territories other than the UK.

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