Ever since the Sound Of Music was a ratings boom for NBC, you knew they’d want to do more. Now HollywoodReporter.com is saying that the next musical slated is going to be Peter Pan and Walken is signed on to be Hook. This will reunite him with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron who also produced the film adaptation of Hairspray.
“He’s one of the most unique actors in our business,” Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment Chairman said. “He might really just be a song and dance man at heart. … This might be the first tap dancing Captain Hook you’ve ever seen.”
NBC has a history of broadcasting Peter Pan live starting in 1955 when the staged a live broadcast of the Broadway production staring Mary Martin and Cyril Richard. The broadcast drew 65 million viewers. The broadcasted live versions again in 1956 and 1960.
Added Walken: “I started my career in musicals and it’s wonderful after all this time, at this point in my career, to be in this classic musical I watched as a child and to work with Neil Meron and Craig Zadan again after Hairspray. It’s a chance to put on my tap shoes again.”
There was initial interest from Kristen Bell to play Peter but NBC was unable to make that work due to scheduling conflicts. The role remains uncast but they say they are looking for a female for the part.