‘The Hunger Games’ Director Gary Ross to Direct ‘Peter Pan’ Prequel

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 11:23 am,

Gary Ross Directing Peter and the Starcatcher Prequel The Hunger Games Director Gary Ross to Direct Peter Pan Prequel

After Gary Ross, director of The Hunger Games, passed on directing the sequel, fans were curious to know what he would choose to direct instead. After all, The Hunger Games grossed $685 million dollars worldwide. What else could compete?

Now comes word that Ross’ next film adventure will lead him to never never land, as he is now confirmed to be directing Disney’s Peter and the Starcatchers.

According to Deadline, Gary Ross lost interest in the last film he was attached to – The Secret Life of Houdini – and is now fully focused on the Pan prequel. Though the film has yet to be budgeted and is waiting on a draft from Jesse Wigutow (It Runs in the Family), Ross hopes to start production on the film by 2013.

The original story of Peter Pan, as written by J. M. Barrie in Peter and Wendy, has been retold through countless interpretations. However, Peter and the Starcatchers is a prequel to the classic tale, adapted from the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.

Peter and the Starcatchers is set on the high seas and follows the adventures of an orphan named Peter aboard a ship named Never Land. Filled with pirates, thieves, treasures, and a ravenous crocodile named Mister Grin, the story features many colorful avenues that Ross could explore.

Earlier this year, two different versions of a one childhood classic were released within months of each other – Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman. The films tones were drastically different, as Mirror Mirror was laced with a PG-rated comedic essence, while Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman was very dark and gritty.

And yet they were still subjected to comparison because they shared the same source material. This is especially relevant because Sony is said to be working on a movie called Neverland, using J.M. Barrier’s tale as its guide, with Warrior writer and director Gavin O’ Conner at the helm. It’ll be interesting to see if both Peter Pan films are released around the same time and if they’ll be subjected to the same sort of comparison.

If all goes well, Peter and the Starcatchers will begin production in 2013.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Peter Pan 2003 is my all time favorite adaptation of the Pan (and the best IMO)

    This concept sounds interesting despite my fear of prequels (Star Wars, Wolverine, Star Wars), I do so love pirates. I wonder if Hook will be Peter’s Captain

    • Yeah but like the original ‘Star Wars’ film, loaded with mythlogical character, punctuated with tongue and cheek humor, action, and excitement it could be a great ride.

      I suspect Ross knows how he’s going to do it and it’ll make a grand addition to the story already told on film. If Sony is to have any success with a Neverland story they better spy on Ross and pick pieces of his story to play off of, that way audiences primed with ‘Starcatchers’ will run out and see a new version of ‘Neverland,’ which has been done a few times in the last 15-20 years…

    • I don’t look at it really as a prequel, just an adaptation of a book that happens to be a prequel. It won’t be related to that 2003 one, since that was a Universal movie.

    • Read the books or see the amazing Broadway show. The character who will eventually become Hook is indeed the captain of the ship, but his name prior to losing his hand is Black Stache.

  2. Peter and the Starcatchers was a real fun read. A good addition to the Peter Pan mythos without a doubt. Adapting a dark and gritty tone for the film wouldn’t work well IMO. However going full camp via Mirror Mirror, wouldn’t bode well either. I’m curious to see what direction is taken.

  3. I was actually just The Black Stache (aka Captain Hook) in an off-Broadway production of this show! Even though there are a lot of continuity flaws with this show, it’s still pretty awesome, so I certainly have interest.

  4. NO! All Gary Ross will give us is “action scenes” that last five seconds and are IMPOSSIBLE to follow because the dang camera is moving so much!

  5. overall, i didnt quite like the hunger games, the first part was very good, but 2nd stumbled…the action wasnt thrilling