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Author Richard Adams (1920-2016)


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The British novelist Richard Adams, whose best-selling tale "Watership Down" was turned into a 1978 animated feature film, has died at the age of 96. 


"Watership Down," the story of displaced rabbits in search of a new warren, was Adams' first published work in 1972. It became an award-winning, worldwide best seller. Six years later, the film adaptation -- featuring the voices of Sir John Hurt, Zero Mostel, Sir Ralph Richardson, Denholm Elliott, Roy Kinnear

and Sir Michael Hordern -- became a box-office hit in the United Kingdom. It marked the directorial debut of Martin Rosen, who produced the 1969 drama "Women in Love."




Adams' other published works included the 1977 novel "The Plague Dogs," which also was turned into an animated film directed by Rosen.


The BBC has produced a new four-part animated miniseries version of "Watership Down" that will be streamed in the United States on Netflix in 2017. The production will feature the voices of Sir Ben Kingsley, James McAvoy, John Boyega, Olivia Colman, Nicholas Hoult, Gemma Arterton and others.



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