Fresh off of picking up eight episode period drama Jericho, ITV has given the greenlight to Peter & Wendy, a new two-hour adaptation of the J.M. Barrie novel Peter Pan.
A modern re-telling of the classic novel, Peter & Wendy opens in modern day Great Ormond Street Hospital where twelve-year-old Lucy Rose is awaiting treatment for a serious heart condition. Her mother Julie is distraught with the fear of losing her child, and surgeon Mr Wylie assures her he’ll do everything in his power to make the operation a success. The day before her operation, Lucy reads J.M. Barrie’s novel of Peter Pan to a crowd of sick children in the hospital, and she goes to sleep with thoughts of the classic tale in her head. Lucy dreams this version of Peter Pan into existence and the story is retold through the young girl’s imagination.
The all-star cast lined up for the two-hour adaptation includes Paloma Faith (Blandings), Stanley Tucci (Fortitude), Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad), Hazel Doupe (Jack Taylor), newcomer Zac Sutcliffe, Bjarne Henriksen (The Killing), Ben Crompton (Game of Thrones) and Rasmus Hardiker (Your Highness). Peter & Wendy will feature all new characters, while some cast members will be pulling double duty – playing both “real world” character from Great Ormond Street Hospital AND characters from Neverland.
Paloma Faith has been cast as Tinkerbell; Stanley Tucci as Lucy Rose’s surgeon Mr Wylie and iconic villain Captain Hook; Laura Fraser as Lucy Rose’s mother Julie and Mrs Darling; Hazel Doupe as Lucy Rose and Wendy Darling; and Zac Sutcliffe as Peter Pan. Bjarne Henriksen, Ben Crompton and Rasmus Hardiker are playing “new characters” but exact details are being kept under wraps.
The Musketeers creator Adrian Hodges is penning the script for Peter & Wendy, which is being produced by The Invisible Woman indie Headline Pictures in association with Juliette Films and Catalyst Global Media in partnership with Lip Sync Productions and the Luxembourg Film Fund. . Christian Baute and Stewart Mackinnon are serving as the producers, while Diarmuid Lawrence is attached to direct. Production is currently underway in in Luxembourg, London and Dorset. Red Arrow International is handling global sales.
“I’m delighted to be bringing J.M. Barrie’s classic story of Peter Pan to ITV”, said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November, who commissioned the series alongside Controller of Drama Victoria Fea. “This wonderful interpretation by Adrian Hodges is faithful to Barrie’s original, but adds a new and unexpected dimension that makes it feel as though we are hearing the story for the first time.” He continued, “We’re thrilled to have such a great cast on board to star in this exciting new drama.”