Sky Movies Premiere HD just sent over a clip and as well as a few images from their new film Neverland. Featuring a solid cast that includes Rhys Ifans (upcoming Spider-Man reboot), Golden Globe-nominee Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies), Oscar-nominee Bob Hoskins (1986’s Mona Lisa), and Charlie Rowe (Never Let Me Go), Neverland is described as a “bold new take” on J.M. Barrie’s famous Peter Pan tale. Nick Willing (Syfy’s Alice mini-series) pulls double duty, writing and directing the film.
Hit the jump to check out a behind-the-scenes clip as well as a couple of images from the film. Look for Neverland to be released in two 90-minute parts later this year. The film will air exclusively on Sky Movies Premiere HD.
Here’s the clip [via Sky Movies HD]:
Here’s the images which you can click to enlarge (photos by Patrick Redmond):
Finally, here’s the full press release:
SKY MOVIES HD RELEASE FIRST LOOK IMAGES AND FOOTAGE FROM NEVERLAND
The film – to be released in two 90-minute parts in 2011 appearing exclusively on Sky Movies Premiere HD – is a bold new take on the original mythology of JM Barrie’s famous story.
Featuring The Lost Boys, Captain Hook, The Indians, Croc and Neverland itself, the movie – written and directed by Nick Willing – marks the beginning of the classic yarn and marks the return of Bob Hoskins in the role of Mr Smee from Steven Spielberg’s Hook.
Raised on the streets of turn-of-the-century London, orphaned Peter (Charlie Rowe) and his pals survive by their fearless wits as cunning young pickpockets.
Now, they’ve been rounded up by their mentor Jimmy Hook (Rhys Ifans) to snatch a priceless treasure whose magical powers transports them to another world.
It’s here that the boys find themselves confronted by a band of 18th century pirates led by the power-mad Elizabeth Bonny (Anna Friel), and the Native American Kaw tribe led by a Holy Man (Danny Trujillo), which has protected the secret of the tree spirits from Bonny and her gang for ages.
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.
“The legend of Peter Pan spans generations, and never fails to delight and entertain,” said Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies.
“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.”
Alan Moloney from Parallel Films said: “The story of Peter Pan is one that resonates for every generation.
Nick has brilliantly crafted something that makes sense of the story we all know and love. He takes us back in time and gives us the origins of Peter and Hook’s story in a way that will open this world up to everyone, no matter what their age.”
JM Barrie originally gave the rights to Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1929 and Neverland will subsequently be supporting the great work of the famous children’s hospital.
Christine De Poortere, Peter Pan Director at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity commented, “We’re delighted that Neverland will be benefiting Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity in the spirit of JM Barrie’s legacy.”