More Jules Verne Adaptations from Slim Film + TV & Federation


Slim Film + Television and Federation Entertainment are developing a follow-up to Around the World in 80 Days and creating an adaptation of Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

Around the World in 80 Days season two will see the next chapter in Jules Verne’s classic as Phileas Fogg and his team take another perilous challenge to traverse the globe. The first season will be launching soon on France Télévisions, ZDF, RAI, Masterpiece PBS, RTBF and BBC.

Journey to the Centre of the Earth, also based on a classic Verne novel, follows Professor Lidenbrock, an adventurous professor who chances upon a manuscript in which a 16th-century explorer claims to have found a way to the earth’s core.

Simon Crawford Collins of Slim Film + Television and Lionel Uzan of Federation Entertainment will produce both upcoming adaptations. Ashley Pharoah (Around the World in 80 Days, Life on Mars, The Living and the Dead) will showrun.

Crawford Collins said, “We have loved working on the sequel to Around the World in 80 Days, and now we are excited to also bring Ashley’s trademark blend of humor and emotion to Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Ashley has developed an ensemble of exciting new and updated characters to bring a fresh and modern take to another of Jules Verne’s beloved novels.”

Uzan added, “We couldn’t be more excited to embark on this thrilling new adventure with Slim and keep exploring Jules Verne’s deeply compelling and trailblazing legacy together. Working hand-in-hand on Around the World in 80 Days has been an inspiring experience for us all, and fresh off this first globe-trotting odyssey together, it only seemed natural that our next journey would bring us to the innermost depths of our planet and its many secrets through this ever-more relevant story.”