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Headline Pictures secures film and TV rights to PETER PAN IN SCARLET

Amidst strong competition, the film and television rights to Geraldine McCaughrean’s official sequel to JM Barrie’s PETER PAN, have been entrusted to a British consortium comprising Headline Pictures, the UK Film Council and BBC Films.

“We could not be happier than to be partnering with Headline Pictures, UK Film Council and BBC Films in this exciting new development with PETER PAN IN SCARLET,” said Charles Denton, Executive Director of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSHCC). “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 GOSH in the way JM Barrie had intended when he gifted the copyright to Peter Pan to the Hospital.“

“We are absolutely thrilled that we and our friends at the UK Film Council and BBC Films have been entrusted with the rights to PETER PAN IN SCARLET,“ said Stewart Mackinnon of Headline Pictures. “We firmly believe that our three companies can really combine effectively to do justice to a project of such scale and ambition. This will be a most exciting ride!”

Jenny Borgars, Head of the UK Film Council’s Development Fund said: “We are delighted to be supporting Stewart and Mark at Headline Pictures, a British production company, in securing the rights to this great project in a market which is highly competitive for projects which have global brand value, and also to be partnering BBC Films.”

“It's exciting for BBC Films to be working again with Headline Pictures and the UK Film Council and to have GOSH as a partner,” said Jane Wright, BBC Films’ Head of Rights and Commercial Affairs. “The BBC has a real connection with family audiences and BBC Films is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to co-develop this project for the big screen by GOSH.”

In August 2004, the Special Trustees of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital launched the worldwide search for a sequel to Barrie’s timeless masterpiece. The Special Trustees own the copyright and other intellectual property rights to Peter Pan and, to mark the centenary of the original, they authorised the creation of a new work that would share the same enchanting characters and bring as much pleasure to children and adults around the world. In March 2005, Geraldine McCaughrean was announced as the winner and her book PETER PAN IN SCARLET was published in October of this year. Geraldine is an award-winning writer who has written over 130 books and plays both for adults and for children. She recently won the Whitbread Children’s Book Award for the third time with her latest book, Not the End of the World.

In PETER PAN IN SCARLET, grown-ups become children again, as Wendy, John and the Lost Boys join Peter Pan for more adventures. Neverland is sadly changed but the spirit of Captain Hook lives on… Wendy and the Lost Boys are dreaming of Neverland. Strange…because they have all grown up. Tootles is a portly judge; Curly is a doctor; Slightly is a baronet. Wendy, now a wife and mother, decides that Neverland is in trouble. They must find a way to go back. And so these respectable mothers and fathers put on their children’s clothes to become children again. (Alas, Tootles has only daughters, so he becomes a little girl). Armed with fairy dust and Tinker Bell’s replacement, Fireflyer, they take flight.

Please find below a selection of articles in the national and international press.

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Read interview with Geraldine McCaughrean in THE JOURNAL

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Headline Pictures · December 15, 2006

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