Eddie Betts’ children’s books are set to be adapted into an animated TV series
Former AFL champion Eddie Betts has struck TV gold.
Betts’ popular children’s books are set to be adapted into an animated series and he will be the producer.
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The Carlton and Adelaide champion co-wrote the books with his wife Anna Scullie.
Now, indigenous television network NITV and streaming service Netflix are planning to bring the books to life in the Eddies Lil’ Homies series.
Betts, 36, joked that he could barely read or write when he first joined Carlton as a teenager, now he’s an acclaimed author.
“It’s a pinch me moment. Here I am, just this shy Aboriginal kid from the community who couldn’t read or write,” Betts told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I never thought I would have the career I had in AFL football, let alone write two children’s books and publish an autobiography. And now I’m a producer of an animated series. It’s crazy.”
His two books are called My Kind and My People.
As Betts played, he was vocal about the racism he faced in the AFL.
His second book, My People, addresses racism.
“If I can’t educate the older generation, I want to start with the younger ones, I want to educate them. This is how we change step by step.”
Bett’s first year in the AFL and his last was in 2021. He started at Carlton but played for Adelaide between 2014 and 2019 before returning to the Blues.
He retired from the game after playing exactly 350 games and scoring 640 goals.
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