The Syfy Channel along with director Nick Willing have previously given us re-imagined versions of Alice and Tin Man (2 series that I loved!) and are about to start filming for "Neverland," an original prequel to author J.M. Barrie's classic Peter Pan.
According to Comingsoon.net, production is set to begin on the 4-hour movie event next week in Genoa, Italy and Dublin, Ireland and it's set to air in 2011.
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Images from production
Update: Charles Dance has joined the cast as 400 year old Dr Richard Fludd, a former alchemist to Queen Elizabeth who somehow discovers a bridge to Neverland.
|Rhys Ifans as James Hook|
|Anna Friel as Captain Elizabeth Bonny|
|Charlie Rowe as Peter Pan|
|Bob Hoskins as Smee|
|Raoul Trujillo as a native Holy Man|
Synopsis from Eclipse magazine
"Sweeping in time from the turbulent seas of the pirates of the Caribbean to the back alleys of Dickensian London to a world of pure imagination, Neverland is the inspired origin story of one of the most cherished characters of all time… Peter Pan.
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 travelers 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 (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."
Update: Tinkerbell will be voiced by Keira Knightley