It was way back in 2006 that New Line snapped up the rights for, the latest in a long line of Peter Pan adaptations, Pan. The plan was for Guillermo del Toro to helm the project but he ended up dropping the movie and the director’s chair went to Ben Hibon last fall.
Pan is not your traditional take on the J.M. Barrie Peter Pan tales. Instead this is a darker take on the story, where Peter Pan is the childlike kidnapping villain and Captain Hook is a police detective in charge of bringing him down. It doesn’t really sound like the family movies we are used to.
Aaron Eckhart is set to play Captain Hook, while Sean Bean will play Smee, the chief detective and the only person Hook can rely on in the police force. AnnaSophia Robb is expected to play Wendy, who is the only surviving victim of Peter Pan and helps the police in their search for him.
Benjamin Magid has penned the screenplay for the movie, which is currently in pre production and is expected to begin filming in early October. Pan currently doesn’t have a set release date but is believed to be released sometime next year. It certainly seems like an interesting take on the story and we look forward to watching it.