‘Pan’ Snags Director of Animated ‘Deathly Hallows’ Sequence

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:46 pm,

Peter Pan Pan Snags Director of Animated Deathly Hallows Sequence

Peter Pan is (sort of) returning to theaters in the form of a macabre thriller called Pan, which was originally set up as a directing vehicle for the ever-busy Guillermo del Toro (no connection to his Pan’s Labyrinth, sorry to say).

Social Capital Films and Energy Entertainment have acquired Ben Magid’s Pan screenplay and now have a director for the project in the form of Swiss filmmaker, Ben Hilbon.

Variety broke the story about Hilbon being brought onboard for Pan, which re-envisions J.M. Barrie’s literary classic about the boy who never grew up as a fantastical detective story – one in which the Captain Hook character is the protagonist and Peter himself is a vicious kidnapper. Pan will certainly present a different perspective on a much-beloved fictional character, though we doubt it’ll be quite as mind-bending as Disney’s Snow and the Seven, in which Snow White trains alongside Shaolin monks.

Hilbon’s name may not ring a bell for most moviegoers, but he was the man in charge of the animated “Deathly Hallows origin” sequence featured in Part 1 of the final Harry Potter movie. The visual design of that scene (which is reminiscent of David McKean’s work) certainly bodes well for the potential look of Pan, with Hilbon at the helm.

Some moviegoers will be interested in seeing a more sinister take onĀ Peter Pan, though we doubt Pan will be as adult in tone as Alan Moore’s take on the story in his controversial graphic novel Lost Girls (sorry folks – not posting any pictures from that book here).

Disneys Peter Pan Pan Snags Director of Animated Deathly Hallows Sequence

Peter Pan will be a much more sinister character in 'Pan'.

There are so many “updated” or “inspired by” takes on literary classics in the works nowadays that it boggles the mind just thinking about it. Besdes Pan, there are upwards of half a dozen different Wizard of Oz pics, multiple Treasure Island films, and a couple of Three Musketeers movies being developed.

What do you think? Does Pan sound intriguing? Or should it be tossed onto the increasingly large pile of unnecessary Hollywood “re-imaginings?”

Source: Variety

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  1. He is very skilled. That animated sequence was breathtaking indeed.

  2. Dammit, really don’t want to use adjectives that Ricky has used, but yes, that scene in Deathly Hallows was breathtaking.

    Also, it sounds like a very interesting take on Pan, somewhat reminiscent of novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, which turned ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ on its head.

  3. It was without doubt thr greatest part of the entire film, it was more creepy than everything else. Absolutely blinding part of the film, raised it up a whole star for me.

    • @Dr Sam Becket,
      Can I just say that your screenname and Avatar make me smile every time I see them. Love me some Quantum Leap.

      The animated sequence was stunning and absolutely rang true to the book, excited to see if this has legs.

      • I’m keeping QL alive. I even wrote a whole new show!

        • Would it be in the TNG type of vain?
          I wrote a spec script for a reboot mini series ala BSG prior to its relaunch. Titled “The search for Sam” having Sam’s daughter (explained via he and Al’s cross leap ep) reopen the project 25 years later, with the string theory being expanded with genetic markers.

          wow that was a lot of SCIFI in one summary, Id love to see your concept!