Well, as you may know, a few years ago, God held Pluto the dog at gunpoint and told Mickey Mouse, “if you don’t remake every single film in your library with real people standing in front of the camera, I am going to shoot your furry pet in the head!” Which is why we have been getting a whole bunch of Disney live-action remakes, one after the other. And the machine doesn’t look like it’s slowing down. Next on the conveyor belt is Peter Pan.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Ever Anderson, the daughter of Milla Jovovich and director Paul W.S. Anderson, will play Wendy, while Alexander Molony will play Peter in the live-action adaptation titled, Peter Pan & Wendy. Now, Variety reports that Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes, Fantastic Beasts) has been cast to play the villainous Captain Hook. The film will be directed by David Lowery, who helmed the 2016 reboot of Pete’s Dragon. Lowery will direct from a script by Toby Halbrook.
If you for whatever reason have no idea what the Peter Pan story is about, well, it’s about an immortal child who carries away three children in the middle of the night, to an adventure on the magical island, Neverland. I swear this sounded way more innocent before Michael Jackson came along.
Live-Action Peter Pan movies haven’t had the best of luck on the big screen. PJ Hogan’s 2003 film is an absolute delight, but it did not perform at the box office. Hook is easily on the lower end of Steven Spielberg’s resume and 2015’s Pan, starring Hugh Jackman is an unwatchable disaster. But hey, whether we live the machine or not, there’s no denying that Disney rarely misses a beat these days, if not critically, then financially.