Hulu and Canadian kidnet YTV picked up Corus-owned Nelvana’s previously announced live-action series The Hardy Boys, to premiere in the US and Canada in 2020.
Production is underway and set to wrap in January for the mystery-drama show, which Nelvana unveiled to Kidscreen earlier this year alongside its move back into producing live-action series.
The 13 x 60-minute teen-skewing series is based on American writer Edward Stratemeyer’s boy-skewing adventure books, and explores the story of two teens who find themselves wrapped up in a mystery following their mother’s death. Produced by Nelvana and Toronto-based Lambur Productions, the series is executive produced by Joan Lambur, Peter Mohan and Jason Stone for Lambur with Doug Murphy, Pam Westman and Athena Georgaklis exec producing for Nelvana.
The Hardy Boys isn’t Nelvana’s first time turning the book series into a show. In the ’90s the prodco teamed up with New Line Television and France’s Marathon Productions in association with Canadian media company Westcom to produce one season of The Hardy Boys, which was originally broadcast by Westcom. The series has since been picked up by LA-based distributor Cinedigm and Montreal-based streaming service Playster.
Nelvana is rebooting The Hardy Boys as part of its ongoing efforts to expand into different content categories, Nelvana’s head Mellany Masterson told Kidscreen in a previous interview. After building up a portfolio of popular animated series (6 Teen, Max & Ruby and Mysticons), the prodco sees potential in reaching a co-viewing audience through live-action series.