Max & the Midknights Cartoon Announced
Nickelodeon has announced a Max & the Midknights cartoon. The popular book series will become an original animated series, greenlit for 20 episodes, produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank.
Lincoln Peirce created Max, a 10-year-old girl who wants to be a knight. The best-selling book series consists of Max & the Midknights, Battle of the Bodkins, and the forthcoming (next spring) The Tower of Time. This will be the second Nickelodeon animated series based on his work, as a Big Nate cartoon will debut next year.
Said President of Animation Ramsey Naito, “Translating the mega-popular Max & the Midknights from a book to television series is a creative undertaking that we can’t wait to dive into.” The company described the premise as follows.
“As a small girl with big ideas in the Middle Ages, Max will defy the status quo, fight for justice, and inspire everyone she meets with her feisty and fearless leadership. Not only will Max and the Midknights battle sword-wielding zombies, duel a malevolent sorceress, and tame a fire-breathing dragon, they’ll also have loads of fun, forge lasting bonds of friendship, and push each other to be braver and bolder versions of themselves. Clever, kind, and seriously sassy, Max is always ready to lend a hand — or a sword — whenever anyone needs help.”
The Max & the Midknights books have spent multiple weeks on the New York Times’ Best-Seller list. The series is published in 14 languages worldwide by Crown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. A cartoon will likely drive additional interest in the source material.
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