Gavin O’Connor to Direct NEVERLAND, Produced By Channing Tatum

     March 15, 2012


Director Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) has been tapped to helm the Sony Pictures production of Neverland, a film that features Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street). There is some confusion as to the plot of Neverland, which was formerly known as Pan; this is where the trouble started. When last we reported on this particular Peter Pan-related project, there was another movie titled Pan that was also in production. That film, directed by animation sequence and video game director Ben Hibon (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1), stars Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) as Captain Hook, AnnaSophia Robb (Bridge to Terabithia) as Wendy and Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) as Smee. Scripted by Benjamin Magid, this twist on the classic J.M. Barrie tale pits a heroic Captain Hook in search of a child-stealing Peter Pan.

While this actually sounds like a fresh spin on an old story, it has nothing to do with the Tatum and now, O’Connor version. Plot details are in short order, but a previous report did pitch the idea that Peter Pan and Captain Hook were brothers. It’s all rather confusing. Hit the jump to sort it out. [Update: Tatum’s reps have clarified that he’s only production the origin take on Peter Pan, not starring].

Variety originally reported that O’Connor would be helming the Tatum-starring Neverland. However, they also pegged Tatum as playing a heroic Captain Hook, which, if I’m following this properly, is incorrect. Heat Vision, meanwhile, is reporting that O’Connor is indeed directing the Tatum project, written by Billy Ray for producer Joe Roth, which will apparently feature an origin story of Peter Pan before he becomes an immortal boy. Lastly, Deadline seems to support the project in question as an origin story for Pan, in the vein of revisionist fairy tale films such as Alice in Wonderland and the upcoming Snow White projects, Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman. O’Connor is definitely a director to watch and it will be interesting to see how Neverland’s plot develops, assuming we get all this confusion sorted out.


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