The forthcoming Peter Pan prequel film, Pan, from critically acclaimed British director Joe Wright, has already seen significant attention from an increasingly ubiquitous advertising campaign undertaken on behalf of the film's distributor Warner Bros. Pictures. Previously released character posters and feature trailers for Wright's trip to Neverland heavily feature Hugh Jackman as the enigmatic Blackbeard and co-star Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, in addition to newcomer Levi Miller in the title role and Garret Hedlund as James Hook.
While subsequent feature films following the classic Disney cartoon of 1953 have tried to capitalize on J.M. Barrie's original cast of literary characters in the past (see the 2003 film Peter Pan in particular), few have been worthy of the wonder and intrinsic naïveté that more appropriately belongs to Barrie's perennial youngster. Regardless, the latest footage from Warner Bros. promises their new film will bring the character to life (and in 3D, no less).
In the featured behind-the-scenes video (see above), film stereographer Chris Parks, and actors Jackman, Hedlund, and Miller collectively promise what Wright bills as being an immersive, kaleidoscopic journey, aided by the layering effects of practical sets designed with 3D visuals in mind. Based on the appearances being offered and corroborated by the cast and crew, Neverland has never been more alive and fun as it will be come October 2015.
After working on such somber period dramas as the 2012 adaptation of Anna Karenina, in addition to proving himself capable of directing genre films as well, in the off-kilter, action-thriller Hanna, Wright is without a doubt a versatile filmmaker who can tell a visually compelling story. With the support of actors like Jackman, Mara, and Hedlund, all of whom have seen significant experience in genre films of their own (see the X-Men franchise, the 2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street remake, and Tron: Legacy, respectively), the latest iteration of Barrie's flagship character is likely to be capably attempted, if nothing else.
Then again, based on the reception to NBC's live musical broadcast, it is anyone's guess as to how audiences will react to yet another iteration of Peter and his tribe of Lost Boys. This is a completely different take on the character and material, however, and with the substantial weight of the Warner Bros. marketing department behind it, perhaps this version of fantastic adolescence won't suffer the same fate as NBC's ill-fated effort.
At any rate, Wright's new film may turn out be an amusing adventure to see unfold, and at the very least features Jackman in a role where he appears to be swallowing the scenery whole, without sacrificing any of the passion and commitment he has thus far displayed in the role.
Pan will see theatrical release in the U.S. on October 9th, 2015.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
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