A sequel to UK family classic The Railway Children is set to begin shooting for Studiocanal, with Jenny Agutter reprising her role from the 1970 film.
UK filmmaker Morgan Matthews is directing The Railway Children Return, which will begin filming on location in Yorkshire in the UK from May 10. A UK release date has been set for April 1, 2022.
Agutter is returning to play her original character; Tom Courtenay and Sheridan Smith have joined the cast alongside a new generation of ‘railway children’.
Written by Danny Brocklehurst, known for writing UK TV drama such as Brassic and The Stranger, the sequel is produced by Jemma Rodgers for Studiocanal.
The story will centre on a group of children who are evacuated to a Yorkshire village during the Second World War, where they encounter a young soldier far from home.
Filming will take place in key locations from the original film such as Oakworth Station in Haworth and The Bronte Parsonage. The iconic Keighley and Worth Valley Railway from the original film will also feature.
The 1970 film was directed by Lionel Jeffries, based on a novel by E. Nesbit, and was nominated for three Baftas. It followed three children, who, after the enforced absence of their father, move with their mother to Yorkshire where they attempt to discover the reason for his disappearance.