Rights issues have been resolved for the forthcoming television movie of the Broadway musical Peter Pan
, according to Variety.
As previously announced, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — the producing team behind the Oscar-winning film of Chicago
, the acclaimed movie of Hairspray
and the recent TV film "A Raisin in the Sun" — will create a new version of Peter Pan
for the small screen.
It's been a 15-year project for the producing duo, who first began their Peter Pan
quest in 1993 following the triumph of the television production of Gypsy
starring Bette Midler. Variety says it was Gypsy
composer Jule Styne who originally suggested the idea of a TV Peter Pan
The search for a director and subsequently a cast will now begin as the last rights issues with the various estates of the creators of Peter Pan
have been resolved. Peter Pan
will be a Sony Pictures Television Production.
The TV "Peter Pan" will likely begin filming by the end of the year, according to the trade paper.