Joe Wright Eyes Peter Pan Origin Story


Joe Wright (Hanna, Atonement) is targeting a new filmic take on J.M. Barrie’s classic character, Peter Pan. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Ice Age: Continental Drift scribe Jason Fuchs will be providing the screenplay for the project with “Arrow” executive producer Greg Berlanti producing.

A similarly-themed “origin story” take on the property is already in the works at Columbia Pictures with Neverland. Among that film’s producers are Channing Tatum and Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland) with Shattered Glass scribe Billy Ray providing the screenplay.

The story of “Peter Pan” has been adapted on quite a few occasions, including, most famously, a 1953 Disney animated version. Alternate takes on the Barrie story have been offered in cases like Steven Spielberg’s 1991 film Hook, a sequel of sorts to the original tale. The literal origin of “Peter Pan” was also detailed on film in the 2004 biopic of Barrie, Finding Neverland, starring Johnny Depp in the lead.

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