There are various Peter Pan re-imaginings scooting their way through development. There’s the terrible-sounding prequel Pan that stars Channing Tatum and sets Peter and Captain Hook as brothers. Disney is considering the a promising adaptation of Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson’s Peter and the Starcatchers, which has Peter and the Lost Boys as the pirates. And then there’s my favorite among the adaptations—an action-thriller, also titled Pan, directed by Ben Hibon. If you’re not familiar with Hibon, he directed the beautiful animated sequence in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. Pan was originally set up as a directing vehicle for Guillermo del Toro, but Hibon came on board to helm the picture last November. The story is a dark re-imagining of J.M. Barrie’s tale which has Captain Hook as a haunted former police detective in pursuit of a childlike kidnapper.
Now the first cast members have been revealed and it’s an exciting line-up: Aaron Eckhart, Sean Bean, and AnnaSophia Robb. Hit the jump for more details on their characters.
According to ScreenDaily, Eckhart has been cast as the tormented detective Hook, while Robb will play Wendy, “the lone survivor who leaves an asylum to help in the hunt.” As for Bean, he’ll play Smee, “the chief detective and Hook’s only ally on the force.” What interests me about this project is not only changing the setting and the characters, but how Hibon will balance the references to Peter Pan without having them overwhelm the story. The other danger is simply telling your standard haunted cop drama and only the names have been changed. Hopefully, Hibon will be able to pull off the balance.
Filming on Pan (expect a title change) is set to begin this October in Eastern Europe.