'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Director to Helm 'Pete's Dragon' Remake

April 4, 2014
Source: The Wrap

Pete's Dragon

Over a year ago, we learned that Ain't Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery was heading into drastically different territory by scripting a remake of the live-action and animated hybrid Pete's Dragon for Disney along with his writing partner Toby Halbrooks. Now The Wrap reports Lowery has also entered talks to direct the film as well. The original film followed an orphan boy who ventures into the fishing village of Passamaquoddy with his invisible dragon Elliott. Though several accidents get blamed on Pete by those who don't believe in this dragon, when Elliott makes a daring rescue, everyone begins to believe. Read on!

Lowery's script is a reimagining of the film that won't have any musical elements like the original film that featured Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons and Sean Marshall. But as of now, it's not clear if this will be Lowery's next project since he's also working on an adaptation of Kevin Powers’ acclaimed novel The Yellow Birds. If Pete's Dragon ends up signing Lowery, then The Yellow Birds will come after that. Lowery is certainly keeping busy with The Old Man and the Gun with Robert Redford also in his future, and after a fantastic directorial debut with Ain't Them Bodies Saints, we'll be keeping an eye on his career.

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Reader Feedback - 9 Comments


They should not be allowed to remake Pete's Dragon. Because we've got a bill of sale right here that says he belongs to us!

Akirakorn on Apr 5, 2014


CG Dragon? If so then fail.

Carpola on Apr 5, 2014


I heard they were using a real dragon.

MattPeloquin on Apr 6, 2014


Then win!

Carpola on Apr 13, 2014



MattPeloquin on Apr 13, 2014


As long as it's a cartoony real dragon it should be fine.

Carpola on Apr 13, 2014


Last I heard was that dragons don't really exist.

MattPeloquin on Apr 13, 2014



Carpola on Apr 13, 2014


With the kind of filmmaker Lowery is, I've got it in my head that this will be in the vein of Beats of the Southern Wild, but with dragons. I'd like that.

dnwilliams on Apr 6, 2014

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