While Walt Disney Pictures continues to turn all their animated classics like Mulan, Pinocchio and The Jungle Book into live-action movies, Warner Bros. already has dibs on adapting Peter Pan for this generation. The studio's upcoming film Pan, an origin story for The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, finished filming last summer and will soon take viewers on a very different journey than any previous adaptation.
Directed by Joe Wright (Atonement), Pan introduces us to a young Peter (newcomer Levi Miller), before he learns to fly, stops aging and becomes the boy we all know from J.M. Barrie’s works. In this version, he's an orphan who is kidnapped one day by the pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) and taken away to Neverland. There he becomes friends with Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and James Hook (Garrett Hedlund).
With its lavish visuals, glorious settings and ensemble cast, Pan is a big movie, and one that's been a few years in the making. Now it looks like viewers will have to wait a little while longer to see it on the big screen. Warner Bros. has decided to move the film's release date out of the busy summer schedule to October 9, 2015.
The three extra months until its debut in theaters will not only allow the film to steadily grow its audience through word of mouth but also give the filmmakers extra time to refine the film's visual effects. Wright supported the move today, saying:
"As you might expect, the fantastical story of Peter Pan involves very complex effects and I did not want to compromise on quality in finishing the film. This allows me and my team the time to complete the movie and tell the story the way it should be told.”
This is the third time the film's release date has changed, but in the past it was only ever by a few weeks at a time. Still, fans shouldn't be worried about the move, as the film has a Blacklist-winning script from Jason Fuchs, an award-winning director and a highly praised cast behind it. It's not uncommon for unique fantasy films like Pan to get pushed back until it's ready for release.
Besides, neither Pan nor Joe Wright immediately come to mind when someone thinks summer blockbusters. That timeframe is usually meant for big box office tentpoles, and the film would have undoubtedly gotten lost in the summer shuffle. It's likely that the movie will do better in October, which is closer to awards season and away from Ant-Man and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.
But what do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you still interested in seeing Joe Wright work his magic on Pan? Let us know in the comments.
Pan hits theaters October 9th, 2015.