Joe Wright’s live-action Neverland prequel Pan didn’t exactly set the world alight either at the box office or critically speaking, but that apparently hasn’t stopped Disney with pushing ahead with their next take on Peter Pan, which will again be a live-action movie. This time around, they seem to be sourcing their talent from somewhere closer to home, with David Lowery – who directed the live-action Pete’s Dragon reamake, due out later this year – being attached to the director’s seat.
To make sure the apparently winning formula is retained, he has been joined by his writing partner Toby Halbrooks on the latest version of the Neverland-dweller’s story. They’ve got a lot to do to make sure it keeps up with the 1953 animated classic, or even Steven Spielberg’s much loved Hook, so we’ll wait with baited breath to see how it goes.
Then again, there’s grounds for cautious optimism too. Disney’s most recent live-action retellings have had their own merits, even if none of them were exactly perfect. Alice In Wonderland, Cinderella, Maleficent – their varying levels of success has proved that there is definitely a market for Disney’s current undertaking. As long as it’s not just a carbon copy of the original then we look forward to seeing how it goes.
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