Netflix‘s latest move in their incredibly busy run of picking up new content is to head back into the ‘adapt a classic franchise‘ school of thought, with their brand of choice being one of the wealthiest to ever be featured on a comic book or movie screen, this brand, of course, being… Richie Rich.
Rather than the 1994 movie the franchise is perhaps more famous for in recent times (which going by the promotional material might be referred to as Ri¢hie Ri¢h), Richie Rich on Netflix will be a rebooted version of the classic comic book series that began in 1953, to initially run over the course of a 21-episode half-hour comedy season, starring Jake Brennan, Joshua Carlon, Jenna Ortega, Lauren Taylor, Kiff VandenHeuvel and Brooke Wexler.
Executive production on the format will come from Brian Robbins (Awesomeness TV), and Tim Pollock and Jeff Hodsden (both The Suite Life of Zack and Cody). The current premiere date is penciled in as ‘early 2015′.
One key change being made to the format is that rather than the titular character having hereditary wealth from his wealthy industrialist father, Richie will in this show be a self-made man after his invention of a “cool new green technology” earns him $1 trillion.
So whether or not this idea will take off amongst critics considering the slight distance they are putting between themselves and the original source material, will Netflix be able to draw many families to this adaptation and form a new generation of Richie Rich fans? ‘Moral guardians’ of TV shows out there might be pleased at the message the Netflix show will get across about entrepreneurship, just as long as the child isn’t left home alone at any point along the way: