Sky Movie HD Announce First Feature Film – Neverland
The connection between London and the classic story of Peter Pan is still going strong as Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital still own the rights to the material and receive royalties from any production of the story.
So great news for the hospital comes from Sky Movies HD as they’re about to produce their first ever feature film – Neverland. The project will be two 90 minute prequels to the Peter Pan stories and will air on Sky Movies in 2011. Already set to star are Rhys Ifans as Captain Hook, Anna Friel as Captain Elizabeth Bonny and Bob Hoskins will reprise the role of Smee which he played in Spielberg’s Hook in 1991.
Charlie Rowe (The Golden Compass) will play the eponymous hero Pan – finally, an English Peter Pan. It’s about bloody time. Rowe is also slated to play the young Charles Xavier in the upcoming X-Men: First Class prequel.
Here’s how Sky Movies are describing the story:
Raised on the streets of turn-of-the-century London, orphaned Peter (Rowe) and his pals survive by their fearless wits as cunning young pickpockets. Now, they’ve been rounded up by their mentor Jimmy Hook (Ifans) to snatch a priceless—some believe, magical—treasure which transports them to another world. Neverland is a realm of white jungles and legendary mysteries of eternal youth, where unknown friends and enemies snatched from time welcome the new travellers with both excitement and trepidation.
These groups include a band of 18th century pirates led by the power-mad Elizabeth Bonny (Friel), and the Native American Kaw tribe led by a Holy Man (Raoul Trujillo), which has protected the secret of the tree spirits from Bonny and her gang for ages—and that has meant war. But as the fight to save this strange and beautiful world becomes vital, Hook, Peter, and the ragamuffin lost boys consider that growing old somewhere in time could be less important than growing up—right here in their new home called Neverland.
Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies, said of the project, “The legend of Peter Pan spans generations, and never fails to delight and entertain. Despite many different interpretations, there’s never been a movie of how it all could have come to be – this is that story. Neverland is a fantastic coup for us and a landmark event for Sky Movies.”