20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Imagine TV are developing The League Of Pan, a fairytale-themed drama series that takes on the story of Peter Pan. Based on an idea by up-and-coming writer Brian McCauley Johnson, League Of Pan is described as a re-imagining of the Peter Pan mythology. Set in modern day, it centers around the Lost Boys and takes place 10 years after they’ve left Neverland.
Well, OK, neat. There’s not enough information to really gripe about, but plenty to speculate on. I’m guessing the Peter Pan connection will be a flimsy excuse, or pathetic claim to credibility, for a cookie-cutter magic-tinged drama more interested in the sex lives of its characters than a compelling story. But then, what percentage of television programs are intended to be art rather than a portal to the ever-lengthening commercial break? It’s far easier to go with the culturally-established story and re-wrap it, even though no one is asking for Peter Pan to be re-imagined.
I tend to crave antidotes to things like this, which is actually the upside. J. M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy made it pretty far up my TBR, although this story isn’t enough to push it to the top. Maybe when the show comes out.
Similarly, I finally got so sick of seeing the word “epic” misused around the internet (try a keyword search on Buzzfeed), I read Beowulf. It did amazing things for me! Trust me, if you read an actual epic instead of looking at an “epic meme mashup“, you’ll feel a whole lot better at the end of the day!
Final prediction: The League of Pan will have a character called ‘Tink,’ who will have questionable morals but will be too hard-edged and aloof to get involved with any of the fellas.
Final final prediction: Budget cuts on the promo posters: