November 16, 2020
The series “The Mysterious Benedict Society,” based on the award-winning and best-selling book series by Trenton Lee Stewart, will be coming to Disney+ in 2021.
The series was originally developed for Hulu.
The show stars Emmy Award winner Tony Hale (“Veep,” “Arrested Development”) in the title role. The show also stars Kristen Schaal (“Bob’s Burgers,” “Last Man on Earth”), Ryan Hurst, MaameYaa Boafo, Gia Sandhu, Seth Carr, Emmy DeOliveira, Mystic Inscho and Marta Timofeeva.
The series follows a group of orphans, placed undercover at a boarding school known as The Institute, who must foil a nefarious plot with global ramifications while creating a new sort of family along the way.
The original book, upon which the eight-episode first season is based, was named a Time Magazine “Best Young Adult Book of all Time” and sold more than 3 million copies.
“‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’ is a beautifully executed adaptation of the celebrated and beloved book series. It’s original, clever and fun for the whole family, which makes it the perfect fit for Disney+,” Dana Walden, chairman of entertainment at Walt Disney Television, said in a statement. “One of the great benefits to creators working with our company is that we have a platform that’s right for every series and having seen the first few episodes of this show, there is no better home for it than Disney+.”
“Disney+ has established itself over the last year as the streaming home for a diverse slate of high-quality content featuring beloved franchises, stories and characters,” Ricky Strauss, president, programming and content curation, Disney+ and Hulu, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to add ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’ to Disney+ and know it will captivate our viewers’ imagination with exciting new worlds and capture the hearts of audiences of all ages.”
The show is produced by 20th Television, the former Fox TV production arm acquired by Disney when it purchased and renamed Fox’s studio assets.