Production companies Slim Film + Television and Federation Entertainment are so happy with their upcoming adaptation of Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days” that they’re forging ahead with more.
Despite the David Tennant-led series having not hit screens yet, the project has already been greenlit for a second season with Ashley Pharoah (“Life on Mars,” “Ashes to Ashes”) returning as showrunner.
Tennant is also said to be “almost certain” to reprise his role as adventurer Phileas Fogg from the Jules Verne classic novel. Ibrahim Koma and Leonie Benesch co-star in the first season with him.
That’s not all though as the companies have unveiled another Jules Verne adaptation with Pharoah also set to serve as showrunner on the new take on “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”.
Verne wrote dozens of novels with ‘Eight Days,’ ‘Journey,’ “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” “The Mysterious Island” and “From the Earth to the Moon” being the most famous.
Casting has not yet been revealed for that project which is said to adopt the same tone of humor, emotion and adventure in a period tale with a modern sensibility.
“Around the World in 80 Days” is due to launch imminently on Masterpiece PBS in the U.S. and BBC in the U.K.