Leading European networks, France Télévisions, ZDF, RAI together with Australia’s Seven West Media have come together to commission a new version of Around the World in 80 Days.
“We wanted to explore an era when the world was open for travel for the very first time and journeys were voyages of discovery in every sense. As we developed the project it felt increasinglypertinent to be reflecting this time of exploration and cultural curiosity, when today we are experiencing the rise of isolationism and the closure of national borders. While the journey itself will provide the epic adventures, the heart of the story is allabout second chances; about people who may have lost themselves. Audiences will love following these wonderfully crafted characters as they expand their experiences and horizons to become the best versions of themselves.” – Crawford Collins, Silm Film + TV
The epic eight-part adaptation of Jules Verne’s 19th Century classic, Around the World in 80 Days 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 filmedacross the globe as a co-production between Slim Film + Television and Federation in association with 247 Films.
French star Ahmed Sylla will play one of literature’s most iconic roles, Passepartout, who takes on the adventure of a lifetime. A leading British actor will be announced soon in the seminal role of Phileas Fogg, alongside the casting for the lead female role, that of newspaper reporter Abigail Fix, who joins the wager-led journey she devised in an attempt to make her mark in a man’s world and to emerge from the long shadow of her father.
The story starts in London on Wednesday, October 2nd 1872. Phileas Fogg is a rich British gentleman living in solitude. Despite his wealth, Fogg lives a modest life with habits carried out with mathematical precision. Very little can be said about his social life other than that he is a member of the Reform Club. Having dismissed his former valet, James Forster, for bringing him shaving water at 84 °F (29 °C) instead of 86 °F (30 °C), Fogg hires Frenchman Jean Passepartout as a replacement.
At the Reform Club, Fogg gets involved in an argument over an article in The Daily Telegraph stating that it is now possible to travel around the world in 80 days. He accepts a wager for £20,000 half of his total fortune, from his fellow club members to complete such a journey within this time period. With Passepartout accompanying him, Fogg departs from London by train at 8:45 p.m. on 2nd October; in order to win the wager, he must return to the club by this same time on 21st December, 80 days later.
Around the World in 80 Days will film across the globe in summer 2019.
”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 andGermany, 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
Ashley Pharoah heads up a top-tier writing team including Caleb Ranson, Debbie O’Malley, Peter McKenna, Stephen Greenhorn and Claire Downs, Ian Jarvis and Stuart Lane. Film, television and legendary music video director Steve Barron will be lead director.