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Disney Preparing Live-Action Peter Pan with Pete’s Dragon Director


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According to Deadline, Walt Disney Pictures is going ahead with a live-action version of Peter Pan, which the studio made as an animated classic in 1953. Director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) will helm the new version from a screenplay by Toby Halbrooks, after their own live-action remake Disney’s Pete’s Dragon opens on August 12.

The Peter Pan film is the latest in Disney’s extensive slate of upcoming live-action projects culled from their animation library, including this weekend’s The Jungle Book (and its already-in-the-works sequel), Alice Through the Looking Glass, Pete’s Dragon, Beauty and the Beast, Cruella, Maleficent 2, Dumbo, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh, Pinocchio, Genies, Night on Bald Mountain and The Sword in the Stone. A live-action Tinkerbell movie starring Reese Witherspoon is also in parallel development to Peter Pan, and could feature crossover casting.

J.M. Barrie’s forever youthful creation recently hit the big screen in P. J. Hogan’s 2003 film Peter Pan as well as last year’s prequel Pan, directed by Joe Wright. Both films performed disastrously at the box office.

Read more at http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/ne...ith-petes-dragon-director#TmWWFrEtTzgPfOE2.99


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I knew they would plan to develop Pan.

The best film adaptation of Barrie's work is Universal's production from 2003. It is the most true to the book and Jeremy Sumpter and Rachel Hurd-Wood were spot on as Peter and Wendy.

If this will be exactly like Disney's cartoon version, I won't be that excited, and I'm saying this as a huge Peter Pan fan.

Miss Jennifer

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I like the idea...maybe work in a little more from the original play/novel and you could have something. (I've never gotten around to seeing the 2003 version, but I understand it's quite good. Mmmm...Jason Isaacs...)

Miss Jennifer

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I'll look forward to this, but what I'd really like to see is an adaptation of Lisa Jensen's excellent novel Alias Hook. It's definitely not for kids, but it's an interesting take on the Peter Pan mythos. In this version, Hook and his pirates are caught (due to a curse) in an endless cycle of conflict with Peter Pan and his Lost Boys...they resurrect every time they get killed. As it also turns out, there's been more than one "Wendy", all girls who've traveled to Neverland with Peter, had feelings for him, and given up on him once they grew up while he couldn't. But one of these "Wendys" makes her way back to Neverland as an adult. She's a young widow who's lost her own child...and eventually, she and Hook fall in love. What will this mean to the curse that binds Hook and his crew? It's a really terrific book, and I highly recommend it. (Her more recent novel, Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge, is great too--and takes a few cues from the Disney version of the story.)

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