Disney Contemplating Their Own Peter Pan Prequel
Sometimes I think that the big brains behind Hollywood have the memory of a goldfish. Back in 2003, P.J. Hogan directed a $100 million adaptation of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. The film turned out to be a significant flop, only making $48 million at the domestic box office and only barely making its money back worldwide. Still, Channing Tatum and Billy Ray are currently planning their own Peter Pan prequel, and now Disney is getting back into the Neverland game.
The Wrap reports that the House of Mouse is considering adaptation Peter and the Starcatchers, another Peter Pan origin story based on the book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The novel was published back in 2004 by Disney's Hyperion Books, but studio head Bob Iger says that they haven't yet made a decision. As a way of testing the material, the story is being performed as a play at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego and at the New York Theater Workshop off-Broadway, and it has already gotten great reviews.
Successful as it might be on stage, I really hope that Disney ultimately decides not to pull the trigger on this one. It's bad enough that we have three Snow White projects coming out next year, we don't need two Peter Pans as well.
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