Woah there PBS, Slim Film & Television, and Federation Entertainment! We grant you that David Tennant was probably the best new Doctor Who, that Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days is a fantastic story, and Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, by the same writer, were truly excellent television. But don’t count your chickens just yet.


According to Variety, apparently, Tennant is said to be “almost certain” to reprise his role as adventurer Phileas Fogg in sequels that are already being planned, and the production companies have hit the go button on another Jules Verne adaptation, with writer Ashley Pharoah also set to serve as showrunner on Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Will it be reworked to feature Fogg as the lead?

This confidence is because they have seen the finished version of Around The World In Eighty Days and are apparently very, very impressed.

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Verne’s novels are famous with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Mysterious Island, and From the Earth to the Moon among them. The lure for studios is that they are all rights free now and in the public domain.

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is getting a reworked prequel from Disney+ so they may leave that story alone for the time being.

Casting is said to start shortly for Journey, which the producers say will follow the tone of humor, emotion, and adventure in a period tale with a modern sensibility that Around The World In Eighty Days will adopt.

Around the World in 80 Days is due to launch imminently on Masterpiece PBS in the U.S. and BBC in the U.K. in time for Christmas.

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