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Disney confirms live-action Peter Pan with Pete’s Dragon remake director

April 20th, 2016 by Dave Bowling Comments

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Yep, it’s happening. Like a coldsore, Disney’s grand plan to remake all their feature-length cartoons as live-action movies just won’t go away and is proving to be as irritating as hell. And now the suits have Peter Pan squarely in their sights.

Not content with the occasional live-action version of a classic property like 101 Dalmatians, the House of Mouse is steamrollering through plans for remakes of Sleeping Beauty (despite Maleficent only coming out a few years ago), Beauty and the Beast, Sword in the Stone, Dumbo, Mulan, Pinnoccio and Thor-knows what else. Next in the crosshairs is Peter Pan. Oh goody.

Director David Lowery is lined up to helm the new version, from a screenplay by Toby Halbrooks. The pair’s collaboration on the remake of Pete’s Dragon opens on 12 August, so they already have form for stamping all over classics. This movie could apparently be a tie-in with plans for a stand-alone Tinkerbell movie starring Reese Witherspoon, but at this stage who really gives a monkeys?

I mean, really? It’s not like there’s been a dozen versions of Peter & Wendy since the Disney movie originally came out in 1953, is it? Oh wait, there has. Including a good swathe of Once Upon A Time. Am I the only one who looks forward to the next Walt Dismal remake announcement with the same sense of foreboding you’d look forward to an eviction notice with? They’ve already crapped on Jungle Book. Seriously, somebody please stop them before they get around to The Lion King. Or Pixar’s back catalogue. Or more importantly, Lilo & Stitch…

Source: Coming Soon

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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...

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