Posted on Friday, April 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
David Lowery was a surprising choice when Disney hired him to pen the Pete’s Dragon remake. His last film, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, was a gritty crime drama; Pete’s Dragon is… not that.
But now he’s getting even more involved in the family-friendly adventure. A new report indicates that Lowery has entered talks to direct Pete’s Dragon as well as write. Hit the jump for more details.
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The multi-hyphenate David Lowery is going to be someone that many more people are talking about within the next few years. He’s got three films doing the festival circuit this year: the indie drama Pit Stop, which he co-wrote; the exceptional ’60s-set western Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, which he wrote and directed; and Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, which Lowery edited. I haven’t seen Pit Stop at this point, but his other two 2013 efforts are two of the best films of the year so far.
Given that resume for this year alone, I wouldn’t have been surprised by anything Lowery did next. Except for this: he’ll write a reboot of Disney’s ’70s live-action/animation hybrid Pete’s Dragon, in which a young orphaned boy flees his abusive adoptive family, with the help of his dragon friend Elliott. Read More »