One way or the other, it seems that we're destined to get a new Peter Pan movie soon. Back in March, Channing Tatum was attached to a pitch entitled "Peter Pan Begins," which, as you might have guessed, is an origin story about the boy who never grew up. Sony ended up snagging the project, but now there's another Pan film coming together -- and this one also is messing around with the established storyline.
ScreenDaily says that an untitled Peter Pan movie has just cast Aaron Eckhart. Perhaps you're thinking that means Eckhart will be playing Pan. Your thinking is way wrong:
Eckhart plays Hook, the Captain Hook character reimagined as a tormented former detective on the trail of a childlike kidnapper. [AnnaSophia] Robb, riding high following the solid recent launch of "Soul Surfer," will portray Wendy, the lone survivor who leaves an asylum to help in the hunt. Sean Bean has been cast as Smee, the chief detective and Hook's only ally on the force.
In other words, this will be one of those projects based on a familiar brand name in which they'll flip our perception of who the hero and villain are: Here, lovable Peter Pan steals kids, and only Hook can stop him. So, yes, this will be a slightly dark retelling.
This project has been around since 2006, and at one point "Pan's Labyrinth" director Guillermo del Toro was attached to the project. (We're not surprised: He seems to be obsessed with scaring the hell out of your kids.) It's now going to be directed by Ben Hibon, who is probably best known for overseeing the animation sequence in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1," which is everybody's favorite part of that movie because of how visually striking and moody it is."Pan" would be Hibon's feature debut and a break from his animation roots.
The question now is which Peter Pan movie will make it to the screen first. We currently have competing Snow White films and Peter Pan films: Apparently there aren't enough classic children's stories to go around.