The pirate with a glass eye from Pirates of the Caribbean has been keeping busy. After making a name for himself with BBC’s The Office and The Detectorists, actor Mackenzie Crook is writing, directing, and starring in an adaptation of the British Scarecrow classic, Worzel Gummidge.
Deadline reports that Crook will be adapting the novel by Barbara Euphan Todd into a two part film series for BBC. The book was last adapted for a four season TV series back in 1979.
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I’m thrilled to be back working with the BBC and many members of the Detectorists team to bring Worzel Gummidge to a new generation of viewers and reintroduce him to old friends. Adapting Barbara Euphan Todd’s books into these two films has been a joy and I’ve completely fallen for her charming, irreverent scarecrow. Fingers crossed for a glorious English summer as we head out to Scatterbrook Farm and Worzel’s Ten Acre Field.
The first film, The Scarecrow Of Scatterbrook, follows Susan and John, two children who arrive in the village of Scatterbrook and encounter the scarecrow, Worzel, who then comes to life in front of them. Gummidge is more shocked by the encounter anyone, and is stunned to find out that the two children are not fellow scarecrows.
The second film, The Green Man, then introduces us to Worzel’s creator, who isn’t happy to find him interacting with the human children.
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BBC representative Shane Allen added, “Mackenzie’s widely adored and multi-Bafta award winning Detectorists was a grown up love letter to bucolic England and with Worzel he takes a similar approach to English folklore, rural rites and the magic of childhood. His visionary and fundamental reinterpretation of this classic is that rare and special achievement – a BBC One family friendly comedy.”
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