Seven has joined with leading European networks, France Télévisions, ZDF Germany, and Italy’s RAI to commission a new version of Around the World in 80 Days.
The epic eight-part adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic, is to be produced by London based Slim Film + TV and Paris-based Federation Entertainment.
Developed by Slim’s Simon Crawford Collins and adapted by renowned writers Ashley Pharoah and Caleb Ranson, the series is a celebratory ‘love letter to the world’ and will be filmed across the globe as a co-production between Slim Film + Television and Federation in association with 247 Films.
French star Ahmed Sylla will play Passepartout, while a leading British actor will be announced soon as Phileas Fogg, alongside the casting for the lead female role, newspaper reporter Abigail Fix.
”I can think of no better way to launch the Alliance of European Public Broadcasters than with a large-scale international series starring top talents from the UK, France and Germany, and adapted from one of France’s greatest authors of the 20th century. This exciting family-oriented show is sure to delight families all over the world when it premieres in the 2020 Christmas season, and Federation is delighted to bring together such great European talents and top public broadcasters for this event.” – Pascal Breton, Federation Entertainment
Around the World in 80 Days will film across the globe mid-year.
Source: ATV Today