Swiss Director Ben Hibon Set to Helm Supernatural Thriller 'Pan'
If you joined the masses this weekend in theaters to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, then you're already familiar with the work of Swiss director Ben Hibon. Sure franchise helmer David Yates directed the film itself, but Hibbon is responsible for that sweet animated sequence where Hermione tells The Tale of The Three Brothers and the history/myth of the Deathly Hallows. Now Hibon is set to direct his own fantasy action thriller as Variety reports he's set to helm Pan, a story which we haven't heard about in nearly four years, that takes the classic fairy tale of Peter Pan and turns it completely on its head. Read on!
Ben Magid wrote the script which was picked up by New Line in 2006 and apparently was once considered to be a directing vehicle for Guillermo del Toro. The story uses J.M. Barrie's classic characters but with a twist: Captain Hook is the hero, a haunted former police detective, while Peter Pan is some sort of childlike kidnapper. Having read the script, I can tell you that the idea is quite brilliant, but the execution of it leaves something to be desired. I feel like the story (at least in the draft that I read) is a missed opportunity that takes a great concept but just turns it into another generic thriller. Hopefully there's been some rewrites on the script, and Ben Hibon can bring some of the magic that he used in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I into the live-action realm. Interested?