When Gary Ross unexpectedly turned down the opportunity to direct The Hunger Games sequel Cathching Fire, many in the industry thought he was nuts. Perhaps he is, but at least it appears he did have something else he was interested in. According to THR, Ross is in serious negotiations to helm Disney’s Peter and the Starcatchers, a prequel story of Peter Pan. It will be based on the same-name novel written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson that was published in 2004 by Disney’s Hyperion Books.
Peter and the Starcatchers was written as a back-story of Peter before J. M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy. Peter teams up with a young girl and the Lost Boys to defeat an evil pirate named Black Stache. Stache later on becomes known by another more familiar name. (Hint – a pirate afraid of a certain Croc). This was the first book in a trilogy (of course) so we know what will happen if it becomes successful. Jesse Wigutow (It Runs in the Family) has been tabbed to write the adaptation.
As we see more and more, semi-original ideas based on well-known properties is getting hotter in Hollywood these days. From Snow White and the Huntsman to Oz: the Great and Powerful to Maleficent, these represent the new slipstream from that alternate reality where everything old is new again (La La Land).