It's been superheroes for a while -- and effectively, it still is ... -- but lately everything's coming up fairy tales. Hollywood can't seem to get enough of the storybook fables that are taking a detour from caped crusaders to explore the cloaked world of 'Red Riding Hood' and the many 'Snow White' adaptations that are coming our way. Now, the eternal boy who could fly is a hot commodity too, with four projects in the works and a TV miniseries. What do we know so far about them?
John Swetnam's spec script has been described as a "big-budget tentpole," that focuses on the character of Wendy and Peter Pan with a "Twilight-ish spin." In the J. M. Barrie tale, Wendy Darling is the Edwardian schoolgirl who is hesitant to let go of her real life responsibilities to set off for magical adventures, but eventually gives in more to Peter's child-like influence. There's an innocent flirtation at play in the original story, which makes it easy to see how this could be spun into a 'Twilight-esque' film centering on the tween-aged girl and her crush on a boy who will never grow up.
Untitled Peter Pan Project
This one comes from the producers of the frat-pack comedy, 'Wedding Crashers,' and Jeff Rake whose producing and writing credits are all in TV land. The pitch was described as a "family adventure," but that's about all we know for now.
Sony recently bought up 'Pan,' which is based on the 1904 stage play turned novel by Barrie pitting the boy and his arch-enemy, Captain Hook, as brothers. Channing Tatum leads the Joe Roth produced and Billy Ray written origin story. Roth's no stranger to classic lit transformations. He was behind Tim Burton's adaptation of 'Alice in Wonderland,' is currently working on the Disney feature -- 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' -- starring James Franco and Mila Kunis, and he's behind Universal's 'Snow White and the Huntsman' with Kristen Stewart. Hopefully that means he'll be able to shed an intriguing darkness on the 'Peter Pan' story as well.
This spec script by Aaron Henry and Kirk Kjeldsen puts an interesting and spin on things, casting Peter Pan as the villain and Captain Hook the hero who must stop him. In Barrie's story, Peter leads the "Lost Boys," a group of children who were lost by their parents and came to live in Neverland. It's explained in the story that the gang of misfit youth doesn't include girls, because they're too clever to end up in such a situation. In Henry and Kjeldsen's tale, Peter's actually abducting the boys. Creepy.
So, which way does the pixie dust woo you? Does a darker version of the boy in green tights make it stand apart from the family-friendly tales in a compelling way? Can you see things taking a comedic spin? Let us know which potential projects interest you most.