'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Director to Script 'Pete's Dragon' Remake
by Ethan Anderton
March 20, 2013
After making a splash with the quiet, slow-burning, western drama Ain't Them Bodies Saints at Sundance earlier this year (read our review right here), director David Lowery is heading in a much different direction for his next job. As the aforementioned film waits for an August release, Deadline has word that Lowery and his writing partner Toby Halbrooks are headed to Disney to write a remake of Disney's classic animated and live-action hybrid Pete's Dragon. The 1977 film followed an orphan boy who ventures into the fishing village of Passamaquoddy with his invisible dragon Elliott and gets into some mischief. Read on!
Though several accidents end up getting blamed on Pete by those who don't believe in this dragon, when Elliott makes a daring rescue, everyone begins to believe. The darker side of this tale has Pete's abusive parents looking for him, which is on par with some of the sadder stories Disney made decades ago. Maybe it's that side of the fantasy that drew Lowery and Halbrooks to the property and they aim to make a children's fantasy akin to the tone of A Little Princess, directed by Alfonso Cuaron in 1995. The project is just now getting started, so stay tuned for more details.