Someone at NBC seems to be a fan of Peter Pan as not only are they currently working on a live-action musical version of the story but, according to Entertainment Weekly, NBC has announced plans for a “modern day, half hour comedy, loosely based on J.M. Barrie’s characters Wendy and Peter.” The series is written by actress Marisa Coughlan.
As a massive fan of the Peter Pan story, I’m all for new takes on the story although I’m not quite sure on this one. According to Deadline, the series is, “Loosely inspired by Peter Pan and Coughlan’s own dating experiences, Wendy and Peter is a workplace romantic comedy told from the point of view of Wendy, a woman who wants to find love with a real man, but finds herself falling for Peter, who refuses to embrace adulthood.” They added, ”Coughlan will write the script and will executive produce alongside Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.”
McCormack praised Coughlan, saying, “Marisa is loaded with talent and we are lucky to be working with her.” With Jones adding, “Her show, which uses the world of Peter Pan as its backdrop, combines pathos, comedy and heart, creating the perfect love story.”
As well already know, NBC is working on a musical version of the story with Allison Williams as Peter Pan and Taylor Louderman as Wendy, as well as Christopher Walken as the infamous Captain Hook. Christian Borle, Kelli O’Hara and Alanna Saunders will also star. It is still unknown who will play Tinker-Bell or any of the Lost Boys in the musical.
But, sadly, there is no casting announcement for Wendy and Peter as of yet. Which, I think, makes it a bit harder to try and imagine what the writers are going for in the series, i.e. just how old are Wendy and Peter suppose to be in the show? It is going to be very interesting to see who they pick to play these characters, especially Peter. I think it would be really interesting if they got Jeremy Sumpter to play Peter, mainly because he play Peter in the 2003 adaptation of the book (as seen in the image above). But who knows what NBC is thinking!
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