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Re: The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne

From: Andrew Nash <anash~at~interlog.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 1998 00:16:49 -0400
To: Jules Verne Forum <jvf~at~math.technion.ac.il>

For the members of the list who didn't follow the French conversation from
a while back, here are the details of "The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne"
>Flashpoint, the U.K. entertainment financing company, will invest
>between $20 million and $25 million in "The Secret Adventures of Jules
Verne," a
>lavish TV drama series that is set to start shooting in Montreal this June.
>The series, comprising 22 one-hour episodes with a total budget of $30
>is a co-production between London-based Talisman Films and Los Angeles-based
>Crest Films, under the name the Jules Verne Partnership.
>Worldwide sales will be handled by Chicago-based Global Programming Network.
>The series is based loosely on the stories of Jules Verne, the father of
>fiction. The premise is that the extraordinary events related by Verne in his
>novels such as "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," "Around the World in 80
Days" and
>"Journey to the Center of the Earth" were actually based on the author's
>real-life experiences as a young man, which are the subject of the series.
>This is Flashpoint's first major investment of its own money in a TV series,
>although it was also heavily involved in structuring the finance for "The New
>Professionals." The company has already invested $120 million in low-budget
>movie slates over the past six months, and has 30 films currently in
>"The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne" is created by Gavin Scott, who
>"The Borrowers" and the upcoming "Small Soldiers." He also collaborated with
>George Lucas on "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles."
>It is produced by Michael Mullally, and exec produced by Scott, Richard
>and Neil Dunn of Talisman, along with underwater expert Pierre de
Lespinois and
>his partner Michael Huffington, the former California politico.
>"The adventures will transpire in the most exciting locations in the world -
>Napoleon III's Paris, the steppes of Russia, the jungles of India, the
>of East Africa, the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, the tombs of Egypt, the
>battlefields of the American Civil War and the Wild West," said Scott. "Each
>episode will provide an hour of amazing science fiction, awesome effects,
>romance, comedy and action with a group of characters we have come to know
>"This is a very important investment for us, and we're convinced it will be
>hugely successful," said Flashpoint director Beau Rogers. "It's our first
>TV series, and we'll be looking to do more."


Andrew Nash, Toronto, Canada
Email: <anash~at~interlog.com> OR <JulesVerne~at~iname.com>
WebPage: http://www.interlog.com/~anash
Member of: North American Jules Verne Society / Société Jules Verne (Paris)
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Received on Mon 20 Apr 1998 - 07:19:15 IDT

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