Production on David Tennant's next TV project Around The World In 80 days will resume in October, it has been announced. According to Variety, filming will start in Romania before moving on to South Africa. The shoot was underway in South Africa with just one episode completed when production halted in March due to the escalating coronavirus crisis.
In the eight-part series David stars as Phileus Fogg who, with his valet, Passepartout, played by rising French actor Ibrahim Koma, takes on the legendary journey of circumnavigating the globe in just 80 days following an outrageous bet. They are swiftly joined by aspiring journalist Abigail Fix, played by The Crown’s Leonie Benesch, who seizes the chance to report on this extraordinary story.
Steve Barron (The Durrells) will be lead director with Charles Beeson (The Mentalist) also lined up to direct a number of episodes. Executive producers are Simon Crawford Collins for Slim Film + Television and Lionel Uzan and Pascal Breton for Federation. The series is being adapted by writers including Ashley Pharoah (Life on Mars) and Caleb Ranson (Child of Mine).
Around the World in Eighty Days is a Slim Film + Television
and Federation co-production with additional co-production partners, Palladium
Pictures in South Africa, and Daro Film, associate producer. It will air on
France Télévisions, Germany’s ZDF and Italy’s RAI. Seven West Media are also
backing the production and are broadcasting the drama in Australia. Federation
Entertainment will handle distribution rights to the series, which will air on
the BBC in the UK.
Around The World In 80 Days is now expected to reach TV screens in late 2021.