The story is centered around the flying boy from Neverland, who never grows up. He befriends three orphan children and brings them on his adventures, which include taunting his nemesis, Captain Hook.
Previous adaptations of J.M Barrie’s classic story include Disney’s own 1953 animated feature, Steven Spielberg’s Hook from Sony, P.J. Hogan’s Peter Pan in 2003, and, most recently, Joe Wright’s 2015 bomb Pan with Warner Bros. Disney also released a follow-up to their 1953 animated film, Return to Neverland, in 2002.
Disney’s success with live-action hits Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and Jon Favreau’s forthcoming The Jungle Book – which is already generating positive reviews and is expected to dominate at the box office – surely breeds confidence that the studio has what it takes to pull off a successful live-action adaptation of the Peter Pan story.
Lowery and Halbrooks have worked together for years on such projects as 2013’s Upstream Color and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, which Lowery also directed. The duo were enlisted by Disney to write a live-action update of the studio’s animated feature Pete’s Dragon, which is set for release later this year.
Lowery and Halbrooks are both repped by WME.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor