In spite of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, filming has continued on David Tennant's latest project, Around The World In 80 Days, with a completion date now in sight. Following a nine-month shutdown due to the pandemic, filming finally resumed in November and continues into 2021.
Speaking to Variety, Lionel Uzen, CEO of production company Federation Entertainment, has said that, with luck, the production should wrap in the next four weeks, though the need for testing and increased safety measures has put more pressure on the already complicated international shoot.
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). Other cast members include Jason Watkins, Peter Sullivan, Lindsay
Duncan, Dolly Wells, Richard Wilson, Faical Elkihel, Anthony Flanagan, Gary
Beadle and Giovanni Scifoni.
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 the
BBC in the UK, Masterpiece in the USA, France Télévisions, Germany’s ZDF and
Italy’s RAI. Seven West Media are also backing the production and are
broadcasting the drama in Australia.
Around The World In 80 Days is expected to reach TV screens
in late 2021.