Have you ever wondered what would happen if Peter Pan’s trusty group of ‘Lost Boys’ grew up and left Neverland? This new project may attempt to answer that question.
According to Io9 (and stemming from Deadline), Fox has placed a script commitment for a TV series titled League of Pan. Written and created by Andrew Miller (CW’s The Secret Circle) and in development at 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Imagine Entertainment, the show is being described by Deadline as “a grounded, edgy, soapy thriller featuring updated versions of all your favorite Neverland characters.” The story is described as follows:
“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.”
This is Fox’s second attempt to develop the show after optioning a script by newcomer Brian McCauley Johnson, who now has a producer credit on the series. Miller will be drafting a new script based on that premise.
Peter Pan, like many other fairy-tale characters, has been no stranger to writers and directors revisiting and even putting their own twist on the mythos. Fans of ABC’s Once Upon a Time will remember that season 3 had a story arc that took place in Neverland (with a very unique twist on Peter Pan himself). We also have Warner Bros’ Pan, an origin story film for the character set for release next July. And in addition to live broadcast of the Peter Pan Live! musical, NBC is developing Wendy And Peter, a modern-day romantic comedy that loosely reimagines Wendy and Peter as (you guessed it) a modern-day romantic couple, with the world of Peter Pan being used as a backdrop.
As far as League of Pan is concerned, it appears that we are most definitely in for a darker take on the Peter Pan mythology. Tonally, it sounds closer to Grimm or Supernatural than the relatively light-hearted trappings of Once Upon a Time. We’ll see how well that approach will fly (assuming it gets off the ground).