Also, there’s going to be a 13-episode Green Eggs and Ham television show. Because everything that isn’t already getting a movie is getting a show.
Netflix has picked up the show, which is being produced by Ellen DeGeneres, for a premiere date that is three years away in 2018. Production is starting in May, and Deadline reports that it’s “expected to be the highest-end, most expensive animated program ever produced for television.” Yes, the next animated epic is going to be Green Eggs and Ham, a children’s book that is under a hundred pages long and only uses fifty words.
We must therefore assume that we’ll get the gritty tale of the trauma suffered by the narrator which made him so reluctant to try new things. And hours devoted to Sam-I-Am in therapy to deal with his compulsion to force friends and strangers to do his bidding.
The official press release came, of course, in rhyme:
NETFLIX ORDERS GREEN EGGS AND HAM
THIRTEEN EPISODES FOR THE WHOLE FAM
In 2018, This Classic Book
Comes to TV with a Whole New Look
Beverly Hills, Calif., April 29, 2015 –
Issued from Netflix headquarters.
Delivered straight to all reporters.
We’d love to share some happy news
based on the rhymes of Dr. Seuss.
Green Eggs and Ham will become a show
and you’re among the first to know.
In this richly animated production,
a 13-episode introduction,
standoffish inventor (Guy, by name)
and Sam-I-Am of worldwide fame,
embark on a cross-country trip
that tests the limits of their friendship.
As they learn to try new things,
they find out what adventure brings.
Of course they also get to eat
that famous green and tasty treat!
Cindy Holland, VP of Original Content for Netflix
threw her quote into the mix:
“We think this will be a hit
Green Eggs and Ham is a perfect fit
for our growing slate of amazing stories
available exclusively in all Netflix territories.
You can stream it on a phone.
You can stream it on your own.
You can stream it on TV.
You can stream it globally.”
Cute. Still dubious that it needs 13 episodes.