Channing Tatum & Writer Billy Ray Team Up for 'Peter Pan Begins'
Last November we found out Swiss director Ben Hibon would be at the helm of a supernatural take on the classic literary character Peter Pan with the aptly titled thriller Pan. Now another take on the Neverland hero is in the works as an origin story called Peter Pan Begins starring Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra). Heat Vision reports the actor is attached to a pitch package being shopped around, but it's unclear what the story actually entails. However, it does sound like this will be a grittier take on the fairydust fueled flier with screenwriter Billy Ray (State of Play, Breach) behind the script for the project.
It seems like alternative takes on classic literary characters are all the rage, and I'm thankful they've replaced nostalgic toys as the hot intellectual property in the film industry right now. Producer Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland) is behind the project. What makes a property like Peter Pan so great is that the story is in the public domain so no specific novel or comic book needs to be purchased for a new take on the story. For now the project is simply making the rounds to studios looking for a buyer, but stay tuned as this project develops. Interested?