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Cast set for Ben Hibon’s “dark” Peter Pan story; new details released

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
May 10th, 2011

In the midst of competing Snow White films, and the growing trend of spiced up fairy tales as the “reimagining” de jour, comes word of a new twist on an old story that’s actually interesting and really just sort of captivating.

To be directed by Ben Hibon (who is responsible for that lovely and dark animated sequence in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART ONE that told The Tale of the Three Brothers), PAN takes the Peter Pan tale and goes incredibly dark with it. The film would see Hook as our hero, a former cop who teams up with an old colleague and a former victim to capture Pan, “a childlike kidnapper.” Maybe I’m just not as nostaligic for the Peter Pan story as everyone else, but this sounds awesome to me. At the very least, it sounds like a solid thriller with ansome added subversion.

Aaron Eckhart is set to play the Hook character, “reimagined as a tormented former detective on the trail of a childlike kidnapper.” Sean Bean will be Smee, “the chief detective and Hook’s only ally on the force.” AnnaSophia Robb will be their Wendy, “the lone survivor who leaves an asylum to help in the hunt.”

There’s currently some disconnect on the origin of the script, with /Film wondering if the work, attributed to Ben Magid in the original Screen Daily story, is really just a new draft on a script by Aaron Henry and Kirk Kjeldsen or something that just sounds close to it. Expect that to be cleared up soon. Either way, this strikes me as a truly imaginative and fresh take on the fairy tale. I also think this casting is pitch-perfect, as Eckhart and Bean should combine into a solid combo of tormented "good guys."

The lynchpin, of course, is who they choose to cast as Pan. I can't even speculate at this point, as I suspect that the choice for the role will really define the direction and feel of the film.

The film was originally set to be directed by Guillermo del Toro for New Line. The PAN package will be up for pre-sales this week at Cannes, with a planned October start date.

Source Screen Daily, via /Film

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