PETE'S DRAGON

David Lowery‘s Pete’s Dragon is a simple, beautiful and warm tale of friendship. It’s a refreshingly sparse story that hardly resembles the original Disney film. Lowery and co-writer Toby Halbrooks lifted very little from the ’77 musical; they made a movie that stands on its own and doesn’t rely at all on nostalgia.

The film was well received when it was in theaters, but now that it’s on home video, more viewers will likely embrace Elliot and Pete’s heartfelt and tender adventure. With Pete’s Dragon now on Blu-ray, we recently had the chance to speak with Lowery again, and he reflected on some of the toughest and most enjoyable days during the shoot, not reading the reviews, the lessons he learned, and the experience of working with Robert Redford again.

Below, read our David Lowery interview.

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Peter Pan

When Disney first announced that its Pete’s Dragon reboot would be directed by David Lowery, he seemed like an out-of-left-field choice. Lowery was an indie darling known for directing the Malickian crime romance Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and editing Shane Carruth’s trippy Upstream Color; a mainstream family film for Disney seemed about as far from his wheelhouse as a movie could get.

But that unexpected partnership must’ve worked out just fine, because both sides are already gearing up to reunite on another new project. Lowery has been set to direct a live-action reboot of Peter Pan, from a script by his frequent collaborator (and Pete’s Dragon screenwriter) Toby HalbrooksRead More »

Pete's Dragon reboot

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 »