Peter Pan, Re-imagined as Child Kidnapping Cop Thriller, Will Star Aaron Eckhart and AnnaSophia Robb

peterpan300.jpgFairytales are kind of the new comic books, in that they're pre-existing, primarily kid-oriented texts ripe for re-imagining as more grown-up fare. And it may not get any darker than in Pan, an action-thriller adaptation of Peter Pan to star Aaron Eckhart, AnnaSophia Robb, and Sean Bean that turns J.M. Barrie's Neverland fantasy into an even more sinister, present day-set manhunt pic. Island of lost boys, indeed.

Screen Daily (via Collider) reports that filming on Pan will begin in October in Eastern Europe under first time feature director Ben Hibon, who directed the animated sequence in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1.

In the role reversing re-imagining, Hook (Eckhart) is a tormented ex-police detective -- aided by Smee (Bean), "the chief detective and his only ally on the force" -- on the trail of a childlike killer. Peter, I presume? Robb is onboard to play Wendy, "the lone survivor who leaves an asylum to help in the hunt."

The idea is so tantalizingly dark -- Peter Pan as a pied piper sort, luring little children to their doom. ("We're fo-llowing the leader ... into his van...") A riff on the unverified suggestion of pedophilia that plagued Barrie's personal life? In any case, one to keep an eye out for, especially as the dark re-imaginings start piling up at the multiplex.

• Aaron Eckhart, AnnaSophia Robb, and Sean Bean Join Ben Hibon's Dark PETER PAN Re-Imagining [Screen Daily via Collider]


  • Neo says:

    I hope Rufio makes a cameo.

  • ILDC says:

    A.V. Club was right: in this day and age, straight fairy tales seem more daring.

  • veronica says:

    just a minor quibble, but historically fairy tales and folk tales were not meant for children. they were quite dark originally and were told by adults for the entertainment of other adults, though children certainly would have enjoyed them as well. occasionally (like red riding hood) they were cautionary tales, but even then they were for more teen-aged children, not little kids. most fairy tales, though they have since been written down, originated from an oral tradition passed through villages and generations, unlike the deliberate creation and writing of peter pan, a play and subsequent novel. all that being said, i am somewhat interested in hearing more about this movie...

  • ILDC says:

    I guess I should have said in this day and age, straight Disney-style fairy tales seem more daring. I've never read J.M. Barrie’s book, but this still sounds stupid as hell.

  • peter pan lover. says:

    hmm, how about a NO.

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