Disney is going back to Neverland and has announced a live-action adaptation of its classic 1953 animated movie, Peter Pan.
According to Deadline, the Mouse House has hired David Lowery to helm the movie, which he will write with Toby Halbrooks. Both of them have already teamed up to pen, with Lowery directing, another Disney adaptation, Pete’s Dragon.
This is only the latest take on the J.M. Barrie classic children’s story about the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. Previous adaptations include the Warner Bros. prequel Pan, which bombed pretty hard at the box office last year, Steven Spielberg’s Hook (1991) and 2003’s Peter Pan.
Following a string of successes with Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Maleficent and The Jungle Book (the film is premiering tomorrow amid rave reviews and news of a sequel), Peter Pan is just the latest in a growing list of live-action remakes of Disney properties and theme park attractions. Whether you like it or not, this trend is here to stay. At least for now.
Upcoming films include Beauty and the Beast (which stars Emma Watson as Belle and Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens as the titular Beast), Pinocchio, Alice Through the Looking Glass, a Maleficent sequel with Angelina Jolie, Mulan, The Sword in the Stone, Winnie the Pooh and a Tim Burton-directed Dumbo.
Emma Stone is set to star in Cruella De Ville, and Dwayne Johnson will board Jungle Cruise while director James Mangold is working on Captain Nemo. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and a version of Tower of Terror will also see live-action adaptations. A Tinkerbell movie with Reese Witherspoon attached is also in the works, and since it's on track to be released first, it may or may not tie in with Peter Pan.
All are in various stages of development.
What do you guys think? Are you looking forward to a live-action version of Disney’s Peter Pan?