Joe Wright to Direct New Peter Pan Adaptation at Warner Bros. Now

November 11, 2013

Peter Pan

Though he was once reportedly in the running to direct Fifty Shades of Grey, thankfully Joe Wright decided to wait for something else. Just recently we heard that Wright was going to team with 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor for an adaptation of their stage production A Season in the Congo, but he's also setting up a classic fantasy on his future slate as well. Deadline has word that Wright is currently in talks to direct Pan, an adaptation of J.M. Barrie's iconic Peter Pan fairytale written by Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift). However, it's not yet clear how this take is any different from the other adaptations.

Disney had an adaptation of Peter and the Starcatchers in development last summer, and there was also a dark contemporary thriller take on the familiar characters was in the works with Aaron Eckhart playing a good guy police captain James Hook, Sean Bean playing his partner Smee, and a story following a a childlike kidnapper. Considering how Wright approached fairytales with his action thriller Hanna, we're hoping that Fuchs' script with Wright's cinematic vision will come together for something special. The last feature adaptation came in 2003, and it was pretty lackluster, but a director like Wright should make the tale fresh.

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  • Is this worth a reboot right now?
  • Matthew South
    I like what ABC is doing with pan in Once Upon a Time.
    • That show is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine
    • Commenter
      Came here to post the same thing. I think that style of a Peter Pan would be the best option.
  • Charlie Hard
    Damn it Hollywood how many more fairytale readaptations and reboots do we even need now. When will this ever stop!?
  • Always liked the Regis Loisel version of Peter Pan, it's worth a look if you can find a translated version of the graphic novel. Fairytales will always be ripe for the picking, being out of copyright and also already written into people's imaginations from a young age.
  • Ehsan Davodi
  • OfficialJab
    Can we at least not name it 'Pan'? Not that I want 'Peter Pan Rising' or 'Peter Pan: Revelation' instead. Just think of a title at least. At least.




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