A new series based on one of the most beloved children’s books penned by Dr. Seuss premieres Friday on Netflix. The AP reports that “Green Eggs and Ham” was produced with the approval of Audrey Geisel, the widow of Theodor Geisel, Dr. Seuss.
Audrey Geisel reportedly gave the go-ahead for the project before her death in 2018. Her husband died in 1991.
“The result is a 13-episode series debuting Friday on Netflix with a voice cast that includes Michael Douglas as the character who turns up his nose at green eggs and ham and Adam Devine as Sam-I-am, the dish’s cheerleader,” the AP reports. “Other big-name actors along for the ride include Diane Keaton, Eddie Izzard, Tracy Morgan, John Turturro and Jeffrey Wright.”
The project includes Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman as executive producers and was developed by screenwriter Jared Stern.
Stern commented on presenting the project to Audrey Geisel, saying: “I had to pitch the story to her and it was incredibly scary. Once it was over, she said something to the effect of, ‘I wondered what you were going to do with this. But I think you really captured it, and you have our blessing.’”
Click on the link above to the AP for more of the backstory on the project.