This Saturday, Syfy will be airing both parts of the very popular British TV updated adaptation of Treasure Island, produced by RHI, the same company that brought us Tin Man, Alice, and Neverland. It ain’t no Disney version, that’s for sure:
EDDIE IZZARD, ELIJAH WOOD
AND DONALD SUTHERLAND LEAD ALL STAR CAST IN SYFY’S
NEW ADAPTATION OF TREASURE ISLAND
PREMIERES SATURDAY, MAY 5 FROM 7-11PM IN
SPECIAL ONE NIGHT MOVIE EVENT
NEW YORK – March 21, 2012 – In a special, one night only movie event, Syfy will present a fresh, new spin on the classic tale, Treasure Island, featuring an all-star cast led by Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood and Donald Sutherland. Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling adventure story about fantastical treasure, youthful courage and murderous greed will premiere Saturday, May 5 from 7-11PM (ET/PT) on Syfy.
Izzard (The Riches, Oceans 12) stars as Long John Silver, Wood (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit) plays Ben Gunn and Sutherland (Pride and Prejudice, Ordinary People) portrays Flint.
Distributed by RHI Entertainment, the movie also stars Toby Regbo (Harry Potter) as young Jim Hawkins, who is unexpectedly drawn into the world of piracy when he discovers a treasure map and finds himself battling Silver for the treasure — and his life. Shirley Henderson (Bridget Jones) and Nina Sosanya (Love Actually) round out the Treasure Island cast.
Executive producers of Treasure Island are Robert Halmi Sr. for RHI Entertainment, Alan Moloney for Parallel Films, Mark Grenside for MNG Films, Melanie Stokes and Anne Brogan for Kindle Entertainment, and Annie Harrison-Baxter for Sky.
The producer is Laurie Borg (Made in Dagenham, Sense and Sensibility). Treasure Island is written by Stewart Harcourt (Hearts and Bones, Marple). The director is Steve Barron (Merlin, Arabian Nights).
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About RHI Entertainment
RHI Entertainment (NASDAQ: RHIE) develops, produces and distributes made-for-television movies, miniseries and other television programming worldwide, and is the leading provider of new long-form television content in the United States. RHI has produced and distributed thousands of hours of quality television programming, and RHI’s productions have received more than 100 Emmy Awards. In addition to the development, production and distribution of new content, RHI owns rights to more than 1,000 titles, or over 3,500 broadcast hours of long-form television programming, which are licensed to broadcast and cable networks and new media outlets globally. For more information visit www.rhitv.com.
We’ll have an interview with Eddie Izzard, RHI‘s Robert Halmi Sr., and Syfy Executive Vice President of Programming and Movies Thomas Vitale to share with you, as well as our review of the miniseries, later this week.
Treasure Island, starring Eddie Izzard, Tony Regbo, Rupert Penry-Jones, Daniel Mays, and Philip Glenister, airs Saturday, May 5 at 7/6c on Syfy.