Joe Wright to Direct New Peter Pan Adaptation at Warner Bros. Now
by Ethan Anderton
November 11, 2013
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.