EXCLUSIVE: One of the first high-profile series projects for next season is coming together. 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Imagine TV are developing The League Of Pan, a fairytale-themed drama series that takes on the story of Peter Pan. Based on an idea by up-and-coming writer Brian McCauley Johnson, League Of Pan is described as a re-imagining of the Peter Pan mythology. Set in modern day, it centers around the Lost Boys and takes place 10 years after they’ve left Neverland. Imagine TV and 20th TV are in the process of searching for a showrunner who would co-write the pilot script with Johnson. With a showrunner on board, the project will be taken out to the networks.
The Lost Boys, who originated in J.M. Barrie’s play Peter Pan, are boys lost by their nannies who have been whisked off to Neverland to live with Peter Pan. In Barrie’s play and subsequent novel, the Lost Boys return to London with the Darling kids to live with their family, while in the Disney movies they stay at Neverland with Peter. The League Of Pan comes at a time when contemporary dramas with fairytale elements are hot following the success of freshman breakouts Once Upon A Time on ABC and Grimm on NBC. On the feature side, there have been a couple of Peter Pan projects percolating, including another contemporary re-imagening of the the story that centers on the Peter Pan-Captain Hook relationship. The indie was to star Aaron Eckhart as Hook, a detective chasing childlike kidnapper Peter.
Imagine TV, which just re-upped its deal at 20th TV, has new comedy series How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life) launching on ABC in January. Johnson, repped by CAA and Principato-Young, is a brand new writer who worked as a writers assistant/PA on CSI: Miami.