Syfy readies a 4-hour Peter Pan origins tale, Neverland

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Syfy is bringing you the backstory to Peter Pan in a four-hour miniseries called Neverland. We're not so sure how to feel about this one. We like who's involved, but the last few Syfy miniseries have been Riverworld-level bad.


The series is directed and written by Nick Willing, who is known for his work on Tin Man and Alice, two Syfy original features we really enjoyed. The project is slated for release in 2011, and it's nabbed Notting Hill's Rhys Ifans. So it would seem that it's set up to do well, it would seem. Here's the synopsis:

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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.

[via Examiner]

Top image by James Coleman.



Curious why they chose to produce/re-imagine 'Peter Pan', as opposed to a character or story in the public domain (although I am thankful it is not another original Syfy cgi monster movie). I only ask because I thought that it would be easier (and honestly cheaper) to mount a production of a story and characters that were free and clear to use without red tape. Thanks.

[Just to be clear I may be completely wrong - as I often am - about the 'Pan' rights. It is just something I recall reading about regarding the 'Fables' comic and why Peter Pan wasn't used as the villain - something about the original licensing rights to the characters being extended or unavailable for some reason.]