'Warrior' Helmer Gavin O'Connor Takes Channing Tatum to 'Neverland'
Almost exactly a year ago, we heard that Channing Tatum and writer Billy Ray (Breach, State of Play) were shopping around a film to different studios called Peter Pan Begins. Development has been quiet up until now, but Deadline says the project has found a new name, Neverland, a home at Sony, and a director in Warrior helmer Gavin O'Connor. Details of the project are still scarce, so whether the "Begins" of the former title alludes to a Nolan-esque gritty origin story remains to be seen, but with a grown-ass man like Channing Tatum playing the hero in tights, I doubt it could delve too far back on the timeline. More below!
Tatum is coming off a great comedic performance in 21 Jump Street (out in theaters tomorrow), and a surprise box-office hit with The Vow earlier this year. O'Connor directed the massively underrated Warrior last year, the MMA family film starring Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, and Nick Nolte that deserve more awards recognition than it receive. That was one of my favorite movies of last year, and it's sad to call it a hidden gem but I think that's an apt description because so many people still haven't seen it. With a newfound respect for both Tatum and O'Connor because of their recent work, I'm not writing this project off quite yet. Perhaps the director could use Tatum's comedic talents and take a lighter look at the character.