BBC Develops Peter Pan Sequel

With a new structure for BBC Films going into effect, the British broadcaster has reaffirmed its commitment to develop a number of family friendly projects with an emphasis on natural history and science reports Variety.

Work is already underway on family films “Swallows and Amazons,” an adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s novel about four kids on a summer adventure in the British countryside, and “Peter Pan in Scarlet,” the sequel to J.M. Barrie’s classic tale.

The BBC is also teaming up with Pathe on a $50 million live-action movie based on Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.” There will also be much less emphasis on U.S.-set pics with A-list casts, such as Sam Mendes’ “Revolutionary Road,” in favor of more U.K.-oriented projects.