Syfy Begins Production on Peter Pan Prequel NEVERLAND

Bob Hoskins as Smee

Syfy is about to begin production on its four hour miniseries, NEVERLAND, an original prequel to author J. M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan. Nick Willing (Alice, Tin Man) will be directing from his own script.

“Nick Willing is a master story-teller who has taken a literary classic and cleverly updated it for a new generation,” said Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Syfy and Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions. “‘Neverland will captivate viewers with a gripping narrative, great characters, and unprecedented film-making techniques.” The cast includes Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, The Replacements) as James Hook, Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) as Captain Elizabeth Bonny, Oscar nominee Bob Hoskins as Smee (he previously played the character in Steven Spielberg’s Hook), Raoul Trujillo (Tin Man), and Charlie Rowe (The Golden Compass) as Peter Pan.

According to Syfy’s press release, Neverland‘s Peter Pan is an orphan on the streets of turn-of-the century London, where he and his pals survive by their fearless wits as cunning young pickpockets. Now, they’ve been rounded up by their mentor Jimmy Hook 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 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.

Neverland is expected to air in 2011.

What do you think of this idea? Does the fact that Nick Willing is the writer and director make you more or less interested?