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SKY RECREATES TREASURE ISLAND WITH EDDIE IZZARD AS LONG JOHN SILVER

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Sky 1 today (Monday 25October 2010) announced the commission of TREASURE ISLAND (2 X 120’) starring Emmy Award winner Eddie Izzard in the role of Long John Silver. Written by Stewart Harcourt (Hearts & Bones, Poirot, Marple) and directed by Steve Barron (Merlin, Arabian Nights, Mike Bassett: England Manager, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), this new adaptation takes a fresh and bold approach to the much loved Robert Louis Stevenson classic to create a thrilling, high octane action adventure. Treasure Island is planned for Christmas 2012 on Sky 1 HD. 

The two part drama follows the story of Jim Hawkins who's unexpectedly drawn into the world of piracy when he discovers Flint’s treasure map. However, Long John Silver (Izzard) will stop at nothing to get hold of the gold for himself. As they set sail for Treasure Island, Jim embarks on an action adventure that will change his life forever.
 
With Silver preparing to lead a mutiny who will be the first to find Flint’s buried booty? Who will keep control of the ship? And who will leave the island alive?

Silver and Jim explore the true meaning of loyalty and betrayal as they battle it out for the treasure and ultimately their own survival.   

Pyke commented: “I am thrilled that Sky drama is going on this extraordinary adventure to reinvigorate this classic story. With the unique and multi talented Eddie Izzard in the iconic role of Long John Silver, we’re set to deliver a hugely exciting, morally complex and compelling story of pirates, heroes, friendship and treachery. We’re delighted to be working with renowned producer Robert Halmi Sr. of RHI Entertainment in addition to, MNG Films, Parallel Films and Kindle Entertainment in what promises to be a stunning new production of a timeless family favourite."
 
Following the critical and commercial success of Terry Pratcett’s Going Postal, Martina Cole’s The Take, Chris Ryan’s Strike Back and Mark Billingham’s thorne, plus the upcoming four-part drama Mad Dogs starring Max Beesley, Philip Glenister, John Simm and Marc Warren TREASURE ISLAND is part of Sky's multi-million pound HD drama investment fund. Scheduled to start production in November 2010 for broadcast in 2012, filming will take place in Ireland and Puerto Rico.
 
Commissioned by Elaine Pyke, Head of Drama, Sky 1 HD, Executive Producers are Annie Harrison-Baxter for Sky, Robert Halmi Sr for RHI Entertainment, Alan Moloney for Parallel Films, Mark Grenside for MNG Films, Melanie Stokes and Anne Brogan for Kindle Entertainment. The producer is Laurie Borg (Made in Dagenham, Sense and Sensibility, Little Voice).


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