Joe Wright’s ‘Pan’ Origin Story Hits June 2015

Joe Wright on Hanna set

Briefly: The director of Anna Karenina, Hanna, Atonement and Pride & Prejudice has set his next film. Joe Wright‘s Pan will hit theaters June 26, 2015 in 3D. Though a full cast has yet to be announced, Javier Bardem is thought to be playing the villainous Blackbeard in an origin story that follows an orphan to Neverland where he saves the day and battles evil pirates. The film has been pitched for years as a “darker” take on the Peter Pan story. However, the 3D and competitive summer release makes it sound like it’s a big, rousing adventure film.

Exhibitor Relations first revealed this information. The June 26, 2015 release date places the film on the same date as Ted 2, and a week after Fantastic Four and Pixar’s Inside Out. That’s an extremely competitive month. Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift) wrote the screenplay.

As more is announced on this film, we’ll let you know. Though it’s been sort of mixed in with a ton of other Peter Pan projects in development, this release date marks Pan as a major, Warner Bros. tentpole. It’s the same summer they’re releasing Batman vs. Superman.

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