U.K. trio team for 'Pan' sequel


LONDON -- The U.K. Film Council, U.K. production banner Headline Pictures and BBC Films have united to secure the film and television rights to "Peter Pan in Scarlet," the recently penned, officially sanctioned sequel to J.M. Barrie's classic children's tale "Peter Pan," the companies announced Monday.

The decision to grant the consortium rights to Geraldine McCaughrean's "Peter Pan In Scarlet" was made by the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity Trustees.

The deal was brokered on behalf of GOSHCC by Charlotte Mann of the Rod Hall Agency Ltd. with the consortium members.

GOSHCC executive director Charles Denton said he couldn't be happier to be "partnering with Headline Pictures, U.K. Film Council and BBC Films in this exciting new development.

"We have no doubt that they will help to build on the ongoing success of Geraldine McCaughrean's brilliant sequel, which will continue to raise vital funds for GOSHCC in the way J.M. Barrie had intended when he gifted the copyright to 'Peter Pan' to the hospital," Denton said.

Added Headline Pictures co-chief Stewart Mackinnon: "We firmly believe that our three companies can really combine effectively to do justice to a project of such scale and ambition."

In August 2004, the Special Trustees of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital launched a worldwide search for a sequel to Barrie's classic children's book.

The Special Trustees own the copyright and other intellectual property rights to "Peter Pan" and, to mark the centenary of the original, they authorized the creation of a new work. In March 2005, McCaughrean was announced as the winner and "Peter Pan in Scarlet" was published in October.