Sony Acquires Peter Pan Origin Story, ‘Pan’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 18th, 2011 at 9:20 am,

Peter Pan origin story with Channing Tatum picked up by Sony Sony Acquires Peter Pan Origin Story, Pan

Last week brought the news that Channing Tatum is attached to star in Peter Pan Begins, a film that will explore the origins of author J.M. Barrie’s beloved character. Now Sony has won the rights to the project, which has been retitled Pan. Among other things, the movie will reveal that the famous boy who never grew up and the diabolical Captain Hook are actually brothers.

You read that correctly – Alice in Wonderland producer Joe Roth and The Hunger Games screenwriter Billy Ray are turning the story of Pan and Hook into a brother vs. brother drama. Where to begin…

Heat Vision says Pan “seeks to tell the origin of the [titular] flying immortal,” and that the project was a hot bidding item for studios – who no doubt are hoping that this re-envisioning of Barrie’s original creation turns out to be as profitable an undertaking as Alice was for Disney last year.

According to Peter Pan canon by Barrie (thanks to Cinematical for this), James Hook is not the captain’s real name, and “to reveal who he really was would even at this date set the country in a blaze.” Clearly the minds behind Pan are interpreting that bit of information in a… liberal manner.

Barrie also revealed that Hook was a former petty officer that worked for Blackbeard and was “the only man Long John Silver ever feared.” It’s a shame Disney failed to acquire the rights to this project – there might have been (irony alert!) cross-over potential between Pan and this summer’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides!

Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides with Blackbeard Sony Acquires Peter Pan Origin Story, Pan

Fortunately, the captain put his foot down.

It’s still not clear how exactly Tatum fits into all this business – that is, will he be playing Pan, Hook, or an entirely different character? He’s very much a grown man, and while he should be okay as an undercover cop imitating a high school student in the 21 Jump Street movie, the idea of Tatum attempting to pass himself off as being a not-yet-developed adolescent just doesn’t fly (sorry – bad pun).

It seems more likely that Pan will start out with Peter and Hook as children, then follow them as Hook matures and becomes a man (Tatum, perhaps?), while his sibling remains forever young. Does that angle really add any more drama, depth, or meaning to the relationship between the two characters? Or is J.M. Barrie attempting to perform somersaults in his grave right now? I leave it to you readers to decide.

Regardless, Pan is moving forward, so expect to hear more about the project soon.

Source: THR

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  1. Gotta be real Honest….Efron would be a Perfect fit for Peter and

    • Well, actually… you have a point there.

      … Guess that’s all I have to say right now, really. 8-)

      • :)

  2. or Logan lerman from Percy he already knows how to fight with a sword and him Tatum could be brothers i like this idea i just hope they dont eff it up.

  3. So this is the new trend for Hollywood… past the Superheroes and into the fairytale “reimaginings”

    I have to say not for me! And having Pan and Hook as brothers??? It feels like a bad soap opera :P

    • They did it once before. It was called Hook.

    • Yep.

  4. “Pan” – Another original thinker.

    I think I already saw Peter Pan. He was that Disney character that defines billions of dollars worth of merchandise across the globe right?

    But this “Pan” you speak of…. Perhaps a fresh remake would give us a more “true to the source material” taste. I suppose the last taste we got of Disney’s Peter Pan was embarrassing to the world. I am curious about the title. Perhaps “Pan-Pan Begins” or “The Dark Pan”, or maybe even “The Dark Pan Rises” would be a better alternative. As Captain Hook turns to kill his Brother, he embraces his… “Pan” with a “Broke-Pan Mountain”. Undoubtedly Pan’s final words read: “You killed my brother”. And Captain hook replies: “No Pan… I.. AM… YOUR BROTHER!” “NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!”

    No but seriously. This might actually be good. They might give us a “Pan” no one expected, written by the best screenwriter in the world! One can always hope <3

    • Trust me, you do not want to see this. The movie includes obvious racism and sexism in one. Get a life,producer. Please don’t make others feel bad about their culture and their race, as it is not their fault!!!

  5. This is the same studio that lost their shirts on Spielberg’s Hook. Now they want to waste money on the star of G.I. Joe?


  6. Didn’t Sony make a Peter Pan film way back with Spielberg, Hoffman, and Mork?

  7. OH COME ON!!!! For the love of… Geez, I hate you Hollywood. The most idiotic, moronic, pea-brain, low-common-denominator-loving schlocky pisshole that ever existed on earth!

    “Let’s nuke it… just to be sure.”

    • This is very racist…You are very right

  8. Is this a prequel to Hook?

  9. Only one problem with this… um Pan and Hook AREN’T brothers.

  10. naturally like your website but you need to check the spelling on quite a few of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very troublesome to tell the reality however I’ll surely come again again.

  11. Channing Tatum is producing! Not staring!

  12. Peter Pan by Barry is the most disgusting book I have ever set eyes on. This book is chock-full with sublimal messages about sex, racism, and is just very crude and ignorant. This philosophy is wrong and I do not welcome these ideas. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Look again. Evil Redskins attempting to murder little white boys. A white girl hates a red girl and the white girl ends up marrying the white boy. how would you feel like if you realized the true message behind Ug A Wug and We’re following the leader?

    Aside from the unavoidable racism here, the storyline is infantile and the characters are awful. This is NOT a good example. 1-STAR RATING. Plus, my sister, my brother, my 4 cousins, and my parents hated it. The Italian edition was just as bad.


    Sorry, Barry, but you can do MUCH better than this. And pleasedo not publish racist works, as they ae unethic and cruel to your neighbor.