Gary Ross Lands Another Adaptation in 'Peter and the Starcatchers'
After launching The Hunger Games film franchise, and leaving the sequel for director Francis Lawrence to inherit, it sounds like director Gary Ross is sticking with adapting books for the big screen. THR has word that Ross is developing Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's Peter Pan centric children adventure novel Peter and the Starcatchers to direct himself at Disney. The book has already found success as a Tony award winning off-Broadway production, and the story is essentially a prequel that sets Peter and the infamous Lost Boys on an adventure to keep the magical "starstuff" away from the evil pirate Black Stache. Read on!
Jesse Wigutow is adapting the book which has Peter befriending a girl named Molly who works on a Neverland ship heading towards King Zarboff. It is Molly who tells Peter about the starstuff, leading them to attempt to recover the trunk from Black Stache, who may take on a familiar form when the adventure is all said and done. The question is whether this will become a competing Peter Pan project as Channing Tatum is also attached to a film called Peter Pan Begins with State of Play and Breach screenwriter Billy Ray scripting. But there hasn't been any development on that project, and Tatum is a busy guy, so maybe that will sit on the backburner while Disney moves quick to get Peter and the Starcatchers going.