Disney Looks to Adapt Peter Pan Story 'Peter and the Starcatchers'
There's no doubt about it: J.M. Barrie's classic Peter Pan is so hot right now. Neverland's favorite son is already the subject of two different movies in development, and now Deadline reports that another story about the ultimate Lost Boy is in the works at Disney, the studio that brought us Peter's animated adventures way back in 1953. Jesse Wigutow will adapt Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's book Peter and the Starcatchers, which is another Peter Pan origin story that sets Peter and the infamous Lost Boys on an adventure to make sure that magical "starstuff" stays out of the hands of the evil pirate Black Stache.
My first reaction to this was to roll my eyes, but this story is currently running as a successful Broadway play and just received nine Tony Award nominations, so perhaps there's something to this story that separates it from all the other Pan stories that inexplicably seem so trendy right now. The New York Times has some photos from the play, and maybe if the eventual film version goes with a similarly bright theatrical style instead of taking the played out "dark and gritty" path, we could be in store for something interesting. Wigutow has a few scripts in development but no produced features yet, so we'll see if he puts his own stamp on this or sticks closely to Barry and Pearson's novel.