League Of Pan, a modern day twist on Peter Pan, has landed at Fox with a script commitment plus penalty. The mystery drama hails from 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Imagine Television. Written by Andrew Miller, developer/executive produced of CW’s The Secret Circle, League Of Pan is described as a grounded, edgy, soapy thriller featuring updated versions of all favorite Neverland characters. It picks up the Lost Boys fifteen years after they left Neverland. Now men and very much estranged, the Lost Boys are forced back together when they realize someone is killing them off one by one. To find out who and why and stay alive, they’ll have to get past the bitter rivalries and bad blood that forced them out of paradise and rediscover the magic that made them fearless. This time in the very real world of contemporary Los Angeles.
Miller executive produces with Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo.
20th TV and Imagine first took a stab at League Of Pan two seasons ago when they optioned a script by newcomer Brian McCauley Johnson with the idea of bringing in a showrunner to write a script based on the basic premise. Miller will write a new script, with Johnson getting a producer credit.
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.
Peter Pan has been very much in the zeitgeist since 20th TV and Imagine first identified League Of Pan. ABC’s fairytale drama Once Upon A Time did a Peter Pan arc. This development season, NBC has single-camera modern-day romantic comedy Wendy And Peter, inspired by Peter Pan, which also has a script order with penalty. And NBC has the upcoming Peter Pan Live!, a live staging of the Broadway musical.
Imagine TV and 20th TV also have thriller Digital Fortress, based on Dan Brown’s novel, set up at ABC with a put pilot commitment. The companies’ new hip-hop family drama series Empire is coming up this season. Miller is with WME.