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Peter Pan tidbit

Unread postby KYwoman » Tue Jul 26, 2005 8:04 pm

Saw this little bit of news in my local Sunday paper (Louisville Courier-Journal; July 17, 05):

'Peter Pan' Sequel Is Due Next Year

One of England's most distinguished authors of books for children, Geraldine McCaughrean, has been selected to write a sequel to JM Barrie's "Peter Pan", which first appeared on-stage and later in novel form, a century ago. The book will be published in October 2006. McCaughrean recently received the Whitbread Children's Book Award for the third time for her latest book, "Not the End of the World". The writer was selected by a committee that included a great-grandnephew of Barrie, who died in 1937, and trustees of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, which holds the copyright to "Peter Pan". The novel, which will appear on the same day around the world, has not yet been titled. The American publisher is Simon & Schuster. ~ Keith Runyon, Book Editor, C-J.
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Unread postby lumineuse » Tue Jul 26, 2005 8:34 pm

Interesting, but it just seems pointless to me.
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Unread postby Liz » Tue Jul 26, 2005 9:02 pm

When DITHOT asked Andrew Birkin what he thought about this last summer, this was his response:

"Yes, the hospital gave me a sort-of first refusal some months ago. I gratefully turned it down as I could see a minefield of commercial pressures - nothing worse than art by committee."

I'll be curious to see what she comes up with.
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Tue Jul 26, 2005 10:34 pm

I think Birkin had the right idea! I guess there is the possibility that the copoyright could run out in the States and other countries. I wonder if they aren't trying to hedge their bets a little here? It reminds me of the poor person that was chosen to write the sequel to Gone With the Wind. What pressure!
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Unread postby KYwoman » Wed Jul 27, 2005 7:51 am

Agreed DITHOT, I also believe Birkin was right to turn down the project. Why do we need a sequel? I'm not familiar with this author's work, but she has a great reputation in her own right, why take this on? It will be interesting to see what comes of it.
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Unread postby lumineuse » Wed Jul 27, 2005 7:58 am

KYwoman wrote:Agreed DITHOT, I also believe Birkin was right to turn down the project. Why do we need a sequel? I'm not familiar with this author's work, but she has a great reputation in her own right, why take this on? It will be interesting to see what comes of it.


I agree - why do we need a sequel? Peter Pan existed in the mind of JM Barrie - to assume that any one can take that creation over is to me a bit of an insult to original work. It's a classic - leave it alone! I just don't see what artistic purpose this serves.
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Wed Jul 27, 2005 8:38 am

I am thinking there are some perpetuation of copyright issues here.
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Unread postby Sierra » Wed Jul 27, 2005 11:13 am

I read a while ago that they had approached JK Rowling to write the sequel, but she turned it down (partially out of respect to JM Barrie's original, and partially because she's still working on Harry Potter). I am curious to see what they'll come up with, especially since there have already been a few Peter Pan film sequels (like 'Hook' and 'Return to Neverland')
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Wed Jul 27, 2005 11:35 am

And those sequels didn't fare to well. I think it is awfully to try something like that. In my opinion, Barrie had a unique perspective that another author will never be able to capture.
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