Miramax hooks ‘Neverland’

Project follows 'Peter Pan' author's life

NEW YORK — Miramax has acquired “Neverland,” a project that takes the “Shakespeare in Love” tack with “Peter Pan” author J.M. Barrie.

Pic is the true story of how Barrie wrote the famous work after bonding with the children in the family next door, kids whose father had gone and mother was dying. “Peter Pan” was inspired by the author’s adventures with the children, for whom Barrie essentially became surrogate father.

Tale was developed as an Alan Knee-scripted play by Birnham Wood’s Nellie Bell and Tracey Becker. While being workshopped, it caught the attention of Miramax exec Michelle Sy, who involved exec Colin Vaines to turn it into a pic.

“Neverland” has been scripted by David Magee, and “Cider House Rules” producers Richard Gladstein and Gary Binkow have come aboard to produce with Bell, Becker and Neal Israel. The project was repped by Writers & Artists.

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