Posted on Sunday, February 21st, 2016 by Angie Han
Disney’s slowly been going through its back catalogue over the past few years, remaking its greatest hits in live-action with the help of 21st century technology. This spring brings The Jungle Book and Alice Through the Looking Glass (a sequel to 2010’s Alice in Wonderland remake), and then later this summer comes Pete’s Dragon.
Directed by David Lowery, Pete’s Dragon brings the 1977 movie into the modern day. Oakes Fegley is the titular Pete, a little boy in the woods who claims to live with a giant green dragon. Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard also star. The first Pete’s Dragon teaser trailer has just hit, and you can check it out after the jump.
Disney unveiled the first Pete’s Dragon teaser trailer during ABC’s The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 special.
— Pete's Dragon (@disneypetes) February 22, 2016
It’s to Disney’s credit that their long string of remakes doesn’t look like a bunch of lazy cash grabs. Lowery, who’s best known for directing Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, is an unexpected choice for a Pete’s Dragon remake, and it should be interesting to see what he brings to the original movie — which, honestly, wasn’t exactly an unassailable classic to begin with.
Pete’s Dragon arrives August 12. Here’s the synopsis:
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A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon. “Pete’s Dragon” stars Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World”), Oakes Fegley (“This is Where I Leave You”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Oona Laurence (“Southpaw”) and Oscar® winner Robert Redford (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”). The film, which is directed by David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a story by Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field and produced by Jim Whitaker, p.g.a. (“The Finest Hours,” “Friday Night Lights”), with Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Great Gatsby”) serving as executive producer.
For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon. Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016.