20th Century Fox is looking to schedule a Playdate. The family-friendly pitch will be written by Tim Hill (Hop) and Dave Johnson, with Hill in line to direct. Though the plot is being kept quiet at the moment, as Deadline reports, the title is fairly revealing. The Alvin and the Chipmunks director has a long history of writing for children’s television series (Rocko’s Modern Life, SpongeBob SquarePants) and is set as the director for Dimenson Films’ remake of Short Circuit.
Also from Deadline comes the report of Disney hiring screenwriter Jesse Wigutow to adapt Peter and the Starcatchers. The 2004 novel, published by Disney’s Hyperion, gives the backstory of the beloved Pan character. The Broadway adaptation of the novels has recently earned itself nine Tony nominations, including best play. Couple that with the fact that Starcatchers is a series (ie. franchise potential), meaning Disney and Wigutow could be in business together for some time. Wigutow has a number of irons in the fire, including a remake of The Osterman Weekend, a reboot of The Crow and a Steve McQueen biopic.
Check out the description of the novel below (via Amazon):
Don’t even think of starting this book unless you’re sitting in a comfortable chair and have lots of time. A fast-paced, impossible-to-put-down adventure awaits as the young orphan Peter and his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They set sail aboard the NeverLand, a ship carrying a precious and mysterious trunk in its cargo hold, and the journey quickly becomes fraught with excitement and danger.
Discover richly developed characters in the sweet but sophisticated Molly, the scary but familiar Black Stache, and the fearless Peter. Treacherous battles with pirates, foreboding thunderstorms at sea, and evocative writing immerses the reader in a story that slowly and finally reveals the secrets and mysteries of the beloved Peter Pan.