HBO Max has come out victorious in a hotly-contested bidding war for the rights to Boom! Studios’ Eisner Award-winning Lumberjanes comic book series, with the streaming tapped She-Ra and the Princesses of Power creator Noelle Stevenson to develop an animated series beginning with an hourlong special.
Co-created by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, and Brooklyn Allen, Lumberjanes follows five friends– April, Jo, Mal, Molly, and Ripley—during their first summer at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thilstle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. These new cabinmates soon discover that there’s more to this camp than earning badges, and that their camp director is harboring a secret that is the key to answering a mystery as old as the camp itself. Throughout their summer these hardcore lady types will have to overcome obstacles involving supernatural creatures and cabin rivalries, proving that some campfire stories are real and also learning the true meaning of friendship.
Since launching in 2014, Lumberjanes has sold over 1.5 million copies and won a number of Eisner Awards, as well as the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Comic Book. A feature film adaptation of Lumberjanes was previously in development at 20th Century Fox before the studio’s acquisition by Disney.
Boom! Studios recently signed a first look deal with Netflix for various live-action and animated projects based upon its library of comic book IPs, while other adaptations in development include Snow Blind with Jake Gyllenhaal at Apple TV+, and R.L. Stine’s Just Beyond at Disney+.