‘Warrior’ Helmer Gavin O’Connor in Talks to Direct Channing Tatum’s Peter Pan Origin Story ‘Neverland’
Posted on Friday, March 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
Warrior director Gavin O’Connor could follow up his moving tale of brotherly love and competition in the boxing ring with a story about an eternal man-child in bright green tights. Well, maybe the last part isn’t entirely a fair description of Billy Ray‘s Neverland, but the only hard knowledge we have about the script at this point is that it’s an origin story about the immortal Peter Pan and his archnemesis Captain Hook. Channing Tatum is attached to produce, but does not plan to star. More details after the jump.
Variety reports that O’Connor is in talks to direct the movie, which has been set up at Sony since last year when it was titled Pan. The idea for the film was originally hatched by Tatum, his producing partner Reid Carolin, and Eric Bromberg, who then brought it to Roth Films’ Joe Roth and Palak Patel and writer Ray to develop as a pitch. As of last year, THR was describing the project as a reimagining of J.M. Barrie’s 1904 stage play, with the added twist of Pan and Hook being brothers, but we don’t know how much of that has changed in the past several months of development.
Neverland is one of about a half-dozen Peter Pan-inspired films and shows currently in the works, but seems to have better prospects than most. Producer Roth already has plenty of experience with high-profile fairy tale retellings, having worked on Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and the upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman, Oz: The Great and Powerful, and Maleficent. And Tatum is currently drawing excellent reviews for Sony’s 21 Jump Street, which no doubt has the studio eager to maintain its relationship with him.
The choice of O’Connor seems like a smart one as well. Though Warrior didn’t exactly set the box office on fire last year, it was a well-regarded drama that earned an Oscar nomination for star Nick Nolte. In addition to Neverland, O’Connor also has the action thriller The Samurai and a stage adaptation of The Hustler on his horizon.
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